NJ Moves Ahead With Proposal To Allow College Athletes To Be Paid

WCBS 880 Newsroom
December 05, 2019 - 6:35 pm
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TRENTON (WCBS 880) — College athletes in New Jersey are one step closer to being able to make money off their popularity and recognition.

New Jersey lawmakers want to give college athletes a fair share, reports WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell.

While the NCAA cashes in on players names and images, the players themselves cannot.

However, a bill, sponsored by Assembly Democrats Lisa Swain and Chris Tully, would change that.

“New Jersey ‘Fair Play Act,’ which will allow student athletes to finally capitalize on the value they generate with their play and their grades, creates that framework,” Tully explains.

The bill was approved by the Assembly Higher Education Committee on Thursday.

Under the bill, a college would be prohibited from upholding any rule, requirement, standard or other limitation that prevents athletes from earning compensation from their name, image or likeness.

The students, however, would not be able to endorse products linked to gambling, alcohol or tobacco.

California has already passed a similar bill and New Jersey is the 16th state to introduce such measure.