Growing movement: Pair of states introduce bills regarding image, likeness for college athletes
Add Florida and Pennsylvania to the seemingly growing list of states developing legislation tied to allowing college athletes to profit off of their image and likeness. This follows the development from California where Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday signed a bill into law allowing endorsements for college athletes, which would go into effect in 2023.
The National College Players Association announced that it would partner with a pair of legislators in Pennsylvania to introduce a bill to allow college athlete pay for name, image and likeness. Time reported that the Pennsylvania lawmakers moved quickly on Monday following word of the California news.
“By 2:20 p.m., (Dan) Miller and Pennsylvania House member Ed Gainey, a fellow Democrat, circulated a bill, the Pennsylvania “Fair Pay to Play Act,” which will “capitalize on recent efforts in California to help balance the scales and allow our college athletes to sign endorsement deals, earn compensation for their name, image, and likeness, and sign licensing contracts that will allow them to earn money.”
Florida, similarly, joined the list of states where a legislator proposed a similar bill and spokesman for Fla. Rep. Chip LaMarca says another bill is coming, Steve Berkowitz reported. South Carolina and New York have also announced proposals for similar laws.