Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade weighed in on the national issue regarding the issue of student-athletes being able to profit off the use of their name, image and likeness.
In a press release Wednesday, McGlade called it a complicated issue.
“In today’s world the cultural, economic and social landscape has changed,” she said, “influencing ‘Generation Z,’ as well as public perception and society’s expectations. This changing landscape demands an updated NCAA collegiate amateur model.
“Time is of the essence, as further delaying action and/or implementation of new or revised NCAA guidelines will only force additional state legislatures, as we’ve already seen, to intervene with the governance of intercollegiate athletics, as California has done by passing Bill 206, the “Fair Pay to Play Act.” It is not feasible or practical for individual states to begin setting rules for intercollegiate athletics nationally. This needs to occur within the overarching structure and governance guidelines of the NCAA and its member institutions. Approving revised NCAA guidelines with permissible legislation for a student-athlete to control their use of NIL can be beneficial, however we should not enter into a “pay for play” employee/employer model within the structure of the NCAA and/or intercollegiate athletics at colleges and universities.”
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