House allows college athletes to sign endorsements

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Wisconsin’s Graham Mertz tries to run past Illinois’s Tarique Barnes during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation to allow college athletes to make money on product endorsements.

The House on Saturday voted 95-18 to give student-athletes the right to hire agents and market their names and images, for decades the singular domain of the NCAA and universities with big-time sports programs.

The proposal is sponsored by Rep. Kambium Buckner, a Chicago Democrat and former University of Illinois football player.

If approved, it would take effect July 1, the same day a similar plan already approved in California becomes effective.

Nearly two dozen other states have adopted similar laws to take effect later, or are considering them.

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July 23 2021 05:30 pm

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