State Sens. Joe Lagana and Sandra Cunningham were thrilled to see the NCAA vote to allow student athletes to profit from their likenesses Wednesday.
“We are excited to see that the NCAA is taking the necessary first steps towards allowing student-athletes to profit from their names, images and likeness swiftly following the introduction of the New Jersey Fair Play Act,” the two said in a joint statement. “The collective pressure of New Jersey, California, Florida, New York, South Carolina, Minnesota and Pennsylvania was enough to sway the leadership at the NCAA to get the ball rolling to allow student-athletes to share in the benefit the play such a large role in creating.”
The bill Lagana and Cunningham introduced earlier this month allowed students to profit from leagues’ use of their image, likeness and name.
It also barred schools from participating in an athletic league that prevented student athletes from earning paid endorsements.
“Going forward, we will monitor NCAA’s progress in implementing these needed changes and determine what more we can do to protect the rights of our student-athletes,” the senators said. “We look forward to working with those student-athletes, the NCAA and our institutions of higher education to create a plan which is fair for all parties involved.”