COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker has introduced a bill that would give college athletes in the state the right to earn money through endorsements and sponsorship deals.
Sen. Niraj Antani is a Republican from suburban Dayton.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Cool Conditions After Cold Front Brings Severe Storms
He announced the legislation Monday at Ohio State University, where Athletic Director Gene Smith threw his weight behind the concept.READ MORE: Judge Denies Robert Bowers' Motion For Govt. To Produce Evidence It Monitored His Online Activities
Several other states have introduced similar NIL bills, for “name, image and likeness.”
Federal legislation is also pending. The U.S. Supreme Court in March heard arguments brought by athletes who say the NCAA’s current rules are unfair and violate federal antitrust law designed to promote competition.MORE NEWS: Pa. Native, Penn State Grad Carl Nassib Comes Out As First Openly Gay Active NFL Player
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