They say if coaches and athletic directors are making money, athletes should be paid too.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

HARRISBURG (KDKA) – Local lawmakers are renewing their push for legislation that would allow college athletes to get paid.

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State Reps. Ed Gainey and Dan Miller, both Allegheny County Democrats, are pushing for a bill that would allow college student-athletes to sign endorsement deals; get paid for their name, image and likeness; and sign licensing contracts. It would also allow them to hire professional representation.

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Gainey says if coaches and athletic directors are making money, the athletes should, too. Miller points to a half-dozen other states with similar legislation.

The two state representatives are expected to introduce their Fair Pay To Play Act soon.

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When they pushed for pay to play legislation in October of 2019, Gov. Wolf expressed support for compensating athletes.