With Hearing Today, Bumps in Road Toward NIL Policy

College athletes will serve as witnesses and top Republicans are not expected to attend a Senate hearing Thursday — two elements that set the hearing apart from the previous six about athlete compensation held over the past 16 months, Sports Illustrated reported

The absence of Republican lawmakers is a signal of the growing divide between the two sides over a nationwide movement of state laws threatening the equitability of NCAA sports. Whereas some hoped a nationwide NIL policy would be on the books by July 1, the date that several individual state laws take effect, it now appears that no national action will be taken before the end of the calendar year.

SI reported that senators Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) â€” the two conservative members of a five-person, bipartisan working group on a possible federal bill to govern how college athletes earn money from their name, image and likeness â€” will not participate. 

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