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S.C. Pols Plan To File Bill That Allows College Athletes To Profit From NIL

Athletes in sports like football could be eligible for a $5,000 yearly stipend under proposed S.C. legislation
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Athletes in sports like football could be eligible for a $5,000 yearly stipend under proposed S.C. legislation
Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Athletes in sports like football could be eligible for a $5,000 yearly stipend under proposed S.C. legislation
Photo: GETTY IMAGES

South Carolina state Sen. Marlon Kimpson and state Rep. Justin Bamberg "plan to file a bill similar to California’s SB 206 proposal" -- which would allow college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness -- when the General Assembly reconvenes in January, according to Avery Wilks of the Columbia STATE. Their proposal "would allow the state’s biggest colleges to pay $5,000-a-year stipends to athletes in profitable sports like football and basketball." It also would give collegiate athletes an "opportunity to earn money from sponsorships and autograph sales for the first time." Kimpson said, "The legislation passed in California is a sign of the times." Similar proposals in recent years, including from Kimpson and Bamberg, have "failed to gain traction at the S.C. State House." Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey said that he is "concerned paying players would ruin the excitement and atmosphere that makes college football unique." He added, "I would think this (bill) would have a long shot in South Carolina." Senate Education Committee Chair Greg Hembree, whose committee will handle Kimpson’s bill, said that he is "open to the idea" (Columbia STATE, 9/13). California state Sen. Nancy Skinner, who co-authored the Fair Pay to Play Act, said that she "hoped that her bill would be the first step in a national movement to change the way college athletes are compensated." ESPN.com's Dan Murphy noted lawmakers in Washington, Colorado and Maryland have "explored similar changes to their state's laws in recent years" (ESPN.com, 9/13).

HEISMAN HATE: USA TODAY's Dan Wolken noted Tim Tebow "blasted the idea of college athletes being able to profit off their name, image and likeness" on ESPN's "First Take" Friday. Wolken: "Look, it’s easy to understand how someone like Tebow ... sees college football as a citadel of chastity in a materialistic world." But college athletics has "already been corrupted by money and greed on every level." The "only people who have been left out of that pursuit are the athletes" (USA TODAY, 9/14). In L.A., Chuck Schilken noted Tebow's college experience makes him "completely justified in relishing everything about it." But "very few student-athletes have experienced or will ever experience anything close to that." A "couple of bucks here and there might actually enhance their experiences" (L.A. TIMES, 9/13).