College athlete compensation passes final Senate committee

FILE - In this April 19, 2019, file photo, an athlete stands near a NCAA logo during a softball game in Beaumont, Texas. The NCAA is poised to take a significant step toward allowing college athletes to earn money without violating amateurism rules. The Board of Governors will be briefed Tuesday, Oct. 29 by administrators who have been examining whether it would be feasible to allow college athletes to profit of their names, images and likenesses. A California law set to take effect in 2023 would make it illegal for NCAA schools in the state to prevent athletes from signing personal endorsement deals. (AP Photo/Aaron M. Sprecher, File)
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By: Capitol News Service
February 26, 2020

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CNS) -- Legislation to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness has cleared its final Senate committee.

The bill creates a pathway for athletes to enter into endorsement deals, profit from self promotions like social media accounts and seek representation from licensed agents.

Senator Debbie Mayfield, the bill sponsor, said the bill is more symbolic, as the NCAA has indicated it will be adopting similar rules of its own by the start of next year.

“I've also been with Senator Rubio's Office on this legislation on what they're draft is so that all 50 states are alike, but this is more of a pressure to put on the NCAA that says the state's are moving in this direction, you need to come up with rules so we're all playing by the same game,” said Mayfield.

The Florida bill would take effect in July of next year, with or without action from the NCAA.

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