Bill Proposes Study on Treatment of College Athletes

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Legislation that would have authorized Maryland college athletes to unionize has suffered a setback, with the author of the bill now setting the stage to better understand how college athletes in the state are treated. 

The Baltimore Sun reports that Del. Brooke Lierman on Friday amended her own legislation, moving instead to form a commission that would investigate how college student-athletes are treated in Maryland. The amendment is seen as an acknowledgement on Lierman’s part that her initial legislation that would have authorized college athletes to unionize is unlikely to pass this year. 

“I recognize that going all the way to collective bargaining for our student athletes, even for just a limited number of subjects, might be a big leap,” Lierman told the House Appropriations committee Friday. “That's why I'm also offering an amendment to create a commission to focus on the fair treatment of student athletes. We want to make sure that how our students are treated while at our public institutions is not a peripheral issue but a central one.”

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