NCAA president wants a federal athlete compensation bill
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The NCAA president said Wednesday that he wants to work with Congress on a federal athlete compensation bill to avoid dealing with multiple state laws, news reports said. 

NCAA President Mark Emmert said while at a Sports Business Journal forum that it is “highly probable” that federal legislation will determine the national guidelines for how college athletes will be compensated for their names, images and likeness, ESPN reported

Emmert told the audience that he has been meeting with lawmakers and university officials to discuss the future of college athlete compensation. 

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These conversations follow the passage of a California law allowing college athletes to profit from endorsement deals and autograph signings set to go into effect in 2023. At least nine states have also introduced legislation for compensating college athletes scheduled to go into effect in 2020 or 2021, USA Today reported.

Emmert said navigating multiple state laws would complicate the process. 

“There’s an interest in providing support because some of these issues can’t be really resolved without congressional action,” Emmert said, according to USA Today. “You can’t have 26 or 30 different state laws so you need something at a federal level that becomes an umbrella that organizes all of that.”

The president predicted he will spend most of his time attempting to figure out how the NCAA and its member schools can give athletes compensation without making them employees, according to USA Today.