Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has endorsed a plan that would help college athletes profit off their name and likeness, and receive long-term medical coverage, according to the Associated Press.
Harris, 55, is among the nine senators that have endorsed the plan, which was brought forth by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.
Under the plan, college athletes would profit off their likeness with “minimal restrictions,” according to the Associated Press.
The legislative plan calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with “minimal restrictions,” and much more.
The senators also want to ensure for the athletes long-term medical coverage and treatment, enforceable medical standards, academic freedom and revenue sharing agreements.
Booker, 51, played college football at Stanford and is passionate about making sure college athletes have stronger rights. He told the AP the NCAA “has failed generations of young men and women,” and that “the time has come for change.”
NCAA has already approved athletes profiting off their likeness
In April, the NCAA announced it would finally allow athletes to make money from endorsements. The organization has until January 2021 at the latest to implement and adopt those changes. When the NCAA made the announcement, it mentioned “guardrails” that would be put in place for athletes. It also asked Congress for help, hoping to take pressure off individual states.
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