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This Week's Poll



10-30-19

College athletes may be allowed to earn money
Gov. Ron DeSantis agrees


By Tami Stevenson


In a press conference last Thursday, Governor Ron DeSantis endorsed some new proposed legislation to allow college athletes in Florida to make money from the use of their name, image, or likeness while participating in intercollegiate athletics. HB 287 and SB 646, the “Student Athlete Achievement Act” follows suit with a new California law allowing college students to make a profit from the use of their names and images by 2023.


The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), according to news sources, is against the new legislation but Governor DeSantis, who was captain of his university’s baseball team in college, endorses the idea. He called it a reasonable path forward.


There were four bills filed for the 2020 session, two by Republicans (HB 287 and SB 646) and two by Democrats (HB 251 and SB 582), all are very similar in that they, if passed, would allow college athletes to be paid through endorsement deals. The effective date would be July 1, 2020.