Senator Tuberville drafts bill to regulate NIL

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) – Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville is working to regulate how college athletes can be paid for their name, image and likeness.

Tuberville says the world of college sports has changed as we know it following the Supreme Court’s ruling last year that players can be paid for NIL.

Several Alabama athletes benefit from the decision. University of Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is now a regular in Dr. Pepper commercials. One ad even has a character asking “How many NIL deals does Bryce Young have?”

Young is valued at $3.2 million in NIL deals, according to On3, a recruiting site. Alongside Dr Pepper, Young is also featured in a Nissan commercial and has partnered with several other companies.

Tuscaloosa Sen. Gerald Allen says he’s a fan of Young, calling him a role model and “sharp as a nail,” but says there needs to be a better way to regulate NIL before teams and companies can essentially buy their players.

“You’re heading in a new direction where you have a semi-pro league in the top five conferences. You’re on your way to destroying collegiate athletics,” Allen said.

Tuberville, a former Auburn football coach, announced that he was working with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin to draft a bill regulating NIL.

“The NCAA’s lack of leadership has created an environment where student-athletes can be exploited and wealthy boosters can be empowered. This needs to stop,” Tuberville said in remarks Wednesday morning.

Tuberville says he sent a letter to athletic directors, university presidents and student-athlete groups asking for comment last month.

Over the next few weeks, he says he aims to draft legislation that could win bipartisan support — focused on protecting student-athletes, ensuring fair competition and compensation, and preserving the traditions of the sport. college sports.

“Due to the lack of meaningful leadership and clarity from the NCAA, it has become increasingly clear that the federal government will have to act,” Tuberville said.

Tuberville says he looks forward to debating the issue in Congress this fall.


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