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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: June 21, 2021 02:30 PM
From: Senator Scott Martin and Sen. Robert M. Tomlinson, Sen. Anthony H. Williams
To: All Senate members
Subject: Permitting Compensation for the Name Image and Likeness of Collegiate Student Athletes
In the very near future, we will be introducing legislation to give collegiate student athletes in Pennsylvania the ability to independently earn compensation in exchange for use of their name, image, and likeness. In addition, this bill would empower college athletes to obtain professional representation to help them navigate the complexities of their contracts and agreements.
July 1, 2021, marks the date on which laws passed by Georgia, Florida, Alabama, New Mexico, and Mississippi will give student athletes in those states the right to utilize and profit from their name, image, and likeness. These states lead the way but are joined by many others: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Tennessee have all signed similar bills into law with various effective dates.
It is clear that the conversation surrounding the rights of student athletes is evolving rapidly with a decision issued just today from the U.S. Supreme Court and the NCAA itself is poised to act but has failed to do so thus far. With this timing in mind, it is critical, out of both fairness to the athletes themselves and to maintain competitiveness in the national landscape, that Pennsylvania is proactive in establishing a common-sense system that works for our student athletes and our schools.
Please join us in supporting our student athletes and universities with this legislation.

Introduced as SB808