Illinois bill would allow college athletes to get paid through endorsements

Published: Oct. 2, 2019 at 12:14 PM CDT
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A new Illinois bill would allow college athletes to make money through endorsement deals.

Illinois State Rep. Chris Welch (D-7th District) introduced

, which would allow college athletes to earn money for their “name, image, and likeness.”

Under the bill, college athletes could also sign agents and cannot be removed from a team if they receive money.

The bill comes after California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a similar law, which is set to take effect in 2023. California's law applies to students at both public and private universities in the state and covers all sports.

The NCAA argues that changes to pay college athletes would erase the distinction between student and professional athletes.

Rep. Maurice West II (D-67th District) is one of nine co-sponsors of the bill.