The Florida House of Representatives gave the final legislative approval of a bill that could allow college athletes within the state to make money from their name, image and likeness on Friday night. It would take effect on July 1, 2021.
The House approved the bill by a 98-14 vote. After passing through the Senate earlier this week by a 37-2 margin, the act was sent to the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis, who in October endorsed such a proposal.
Florida could join California in having this type of law if the governor approves the bill. If passed, Florida’s would take effect 18 months before California’s.
The bill’s primary sponsor Rep. Chip LaMarca (R) said he wanted to create a standard for other states to follow.
1/4: “Florida is not a follower. We are a bold leader that takes leaps while others sit on the sidelines. For far too long, the collegiate athlete system professionalized everyone associated with athletics except for the young women and men who put in the work and sweat pic.twitter.com/KwIHWr6e30— Chip LaMarca❗️ (@ChipLaMarca) March 14, 2020
The bill outlines name, image and likeness (NIL) legislation as: “Compensation must be commensurate with the market value of the authorized use of the athlete’s name, image and likeness.” It does not define market value.
It also says compensation related to NIL “may not be provided in exchange for athletic performance or attendance at a particular institution.” It does not address how it would be enforced.
The bill goes on to say that a school, boosters and other fundraising groups can’t compensate current or prospective athletes.
Florida lawmakers believe the bill has more of a reason to succeed because it does not directly address the NCAA, unlike California’s similar law, which expressly addresses the governing body of college athletics.
Lawmakers in over 20 other states are proposing or considering NIL bills.
The NCAA views legislations such as this as a violation of a commerce clause in the U.S. Constitution. The clause says only Congress has the authority to regulate commerce.
“Wearing a school’s jersey shouldn’t mean choosing between using your talent and earning extra money to support your education,” LaMarca said on Twitter. “Gov. DeSantis has been a champion of this legislation since day one and I couldn’t be more thankful for his support. I look forward to the day the governor signs this bill into law.”
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