Senator Reintroduces Bill That Takes Aim at NIL's Recruiting Influence

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U.S. senator Roger Wicker has reintroduced a bill that he believes would “protect students from exploitation and preserve amateurism in college sports.”

Similar to a bill that Wicker, a Mississippi Republican, introduced in December 2020, the Collegiate Athlete Compensation Rights Act would ultimately legalize a student-athlete’s right to earn compensation for the use of their NIL while also prohibiting boosters and schools from using NIL in recruiting.

“To protect the players, maintain a level playing field in college sports, and preserve as much as we can of the amateur nature of college sports, it is imperative that Congress establish a uniform set of standards governing the NIL marketplace,” Wicker said, as reported by SuperTalk Mississippi Media. “This renewed proposal will help protect college athletes’ right to enter into [NIL] agreements, while also ensuring that these agreements are not pay-for-play schemes or incentives for college commitments or transfers.”

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