U.S. senators call out proposed expanded Playoff field: 'It’s just another cash grab'
College sports have been a topic of conversation around the U.S. Congress this week, and Thursday’s news of the expanded College Football Playoff field to 12 games was just another layer to the issue of money in college sports.
The Playoff news followed a Wednesday hearing in the, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, which discussed how best to craft a federal law that would expand athletes’ ability to make money from their name, image and likeness through endorsement deals and autographs. USA Today reported that following the Playoff news, a pair of senators weighed in on the issue.
“The only guaranteed outcome of an expanded playoff field and longer season is more league profit that the players won’t see a dime of – it’s just another cash grab,” said Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who chairs a Commerce subcommittee that could be the first stop for a college sports bill. “I doubt if the fact that this will increase the risk of player injury even came up.”
Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who had offered two college-sports bills this Congressional session, offered his thoughts.
“This is another example of the big-time college sports executives and administrators making decisions just to increase their own revenue, while continuing to put the needs and health of college athletes on the back burner,” he said. “It’s crazy that the athletes who create the product have zero say in a decision as big as this, and will get none of the millions in profit that will be created by additional games. This is exactly why I introduced legislation that would help these athletes organize and collectively bargain for themselves.”