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Senators press NCAA to allow college athletes to be paid for name, image, likeness
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Senators pressed college athletic directors and administrators Tuesday on the effects of allowing student-athletes to profit under new name-image-likeness laws passed by a handful of states.
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Congress and the NCAA need to find a national solution before a "hodgepodge" of state laws are enacted in 2021, University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank told the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee during the hearing.
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"We provide broad support for our student-athletes," Blank said, listing benefits like health care, laptops, meals and more.
"All of those benefits are dwarfed by what they receive from their college education," she said. "College grads earn $1 million more than those with a high school degree over their lifetime."
The NCAA announced in April that its Board of Governors supports permitting athletes the ability to cash in on their names, images and likenesses as never before and without involvement from the association, schools or conferences.
Blank's fellow witness Ramogi Huma, executive director of the National College Players Association, took the opposite position. His organization worked to bring about the name-image-likeness laws in California, Florida and Nebraska, Huma said.