Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) released the following statement in response to the NCAA’s decision to delay a vote on new rules governing college athletes’ ability to market their name, image, and likeness. In December, Booker and Blumenthal introduced the College Athletes Bill of Rights to guarantee fair and equitable compensation, enforceable health and safety standards, and improved educational opportunities for all college athletes. The College Athletes’ Bill of Rights will allow college athletes to market their name, image, and likeness, either individually or as a group, with minimal restrictions.

“Fair compensation delayed is fair compensation denied. Yet again, the NCAA has missed an opportunity to finally do right by college athletes. The NCAA’s delay reinforces the need for Congress and individual states to move forward with legislative remedies that will provide college athletes with rights that the NCAA continues to neglect. NCAA’s disappointing decision further fuels our commitment to passing a strong College Athletes Bill of Rights that will truly advance justice and opportunity for college athletes.”

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