College Athletes to the Senate: Standardizing Athlete Compensation | WDVM25 & DCW50


The NCAA prefers a single set of rules

WASHINGTON (Nexstar) – The NCAA said it was in the process of changing its rules to allow athletes to benefit from endorsements. College athletes came to Capitol Hill on Thursday to seek uniform standards for college athlete compensation.

Christian Chenault, a former UCLA athletics team captain, told senators the NCAA was fraught with problems.

“College sports has become a multi-billion dollar business that has a financial monopoly over its off-the-shelf athletes,” said Chenault. “These years could have been the best of my life, but instead they were overshadowed by injustice, trauma and injustice.”

Former Georgetown athlete Sari Cureton said, “Less than 2% of NCAA athletes later play professionally, which means these four years are the best years for them to monetize their name, image and likeness. “

Athletes also say that many are forced to choose majors that allow them to focus on the sport, which limits their financial success later in life.

Too often schools ignore the interests of athletes and ignore incidents of sexual assault and the mental and physical health of athletes.

Jordan McNair died of heat stroke while exercising. His father, Martin McNair, said, “I can’t forget the athletic coach that day screaming, ‘If he can’t walk, pull his ass across the field.'”

States like Maryland and California have passed new laws to protect athletes. But athletes – and even the NCAA – say a single set of federal rules would be better and easier to enforce.

Congress is considering several bills to address the issue of college athlete support and a bill sponsored by Senator Cory Booker called the College Athletes Bill of Rights.


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