Multiple senators react to NCAA's decision to delay vote on Name, Image, Likeness proposal
There are a lot of things happening in the U.S. Congress that do not need to be talked about on this site. One thing that is relevant though to the Big Ten and major college sports is the ongoing Name, Image, and Likeness debate.
This is an issue that has been brewing for a while now with current U.S. senators recently bringing in legislation in support of compensating collegiate athletes. Recently, the NCAA delayed a decision to vote on whether college athletes can profit off themselves. It’s a decision that has frustrated many, including Senators Cory Booker (New Jersey) and Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut).
Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Cory Booker issue statement on NCAA's decision to delay vote on NIL rules proposals: pic.twitter.com/Gk319toGKy
— Steve Berkowitz (@ByBerkowitz) January 13, 2021
The NCAA had previously made its own deadline to vote on updating rules via a vote amongst those on the Division I Council. If the council approved changes, athletes would be able to accept money for their name, image, and likeness. Besides that, the rule changes up for approval would be loosening transfer restrictions in sports where athletes are required to sit out a year when transferring without a waiver.
While the NCAA continues to drag its feet on this issue, others appear ready to push back. Blumenthal and Booker’s message seems to suggest lawmakers may just take matters into their own hands.