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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Alabama Lawmakers Considering Bill That Would Allow Pay for College Athletes

Alabama joined over 20 other states by introducing a bill allowing college athletes to be paid.

The bill would allow college athletes in the state to receive compensation for their name, image and likeness, and would take effect July 1 if approved by the Senate. Additionally, colleges cannot place certain restrictions on said pay according to the bill. 

California most notably passed a bill in September 2019 that allows college athletes to receive compensation for their name, image and likeness. Since then, other states have proposed their own versions of the bill including Florida’s which would allow athletes to accept endorsement money. 

Rep. Kyle South, who penned the bill, stated his goal is to not hinder the recruitment for any Alabama colleges. The NCAA opposes any legislation that allows states to regulate name, image and likeness compensation and instead advocates uniform standards on the federal level.

The Legislature has under 10 days remaining in this session, and South expects his bill to pass.

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