Davis Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Allow Student Athletes to Capitalize Off Their Own Name, Image, and Likeness
The Student Athlete Level Playing Field Act will pre-empt the patchwork of state laws on NIL policies for student athletes and create one federal standard on this issue
U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) is co-sponsoring The Student Athlete Level Playing Field Act. The bill grants student athletes the right to capitalize off their own name, image, and likeness (NIL) while including important guardrails for the recruitment process and leveling the national playing field by pre-empting the patchwork of state laws that have been signed into law or are pending in state legislatures. U.S. Rep. and former NFL and Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) introduced the legislation today.
“I believe it’s a matter of fairness that college athletes should be able to earn income off their own name, image, and likeness,” said Rep. Davis. “They put in a lot of time, training, and effort to be a part of our nation’s college athletic system and deserve to be compensated for their work. That’s why I’m co-sponsoring the bipartisan ‘Student Athlete Level Playing Field Act.’ Our legislation would pre-empt state laws on this issue and create one national standard for NIL policies governing student athletes. Student athletes should be entitled to earn a living off their hard work just like every other American.”
“I am proud to introduce bipartisan legislation with Rep. Cleaver today that delivers meaningful reforms and will make a difference in the lives of student athletes of all levels of competition across the country,” said Rep. Gonzalez. “This bill has strong bipartisan support, highlighting that Congress can find a way to reach a bipartisan agreement on this important issue. I look forward to working with my colleagues to keep the momentum going and continuing our bipartisan work to provide NIL rights to student athletes and improve the college athletics system that Americans across the country know and love.”
“I want to be unequivocally clear: This is a civil rights issue,” said Rep. Cleaver. “For far too long college athletes across the country—many of whom are people of color—have been denied the basic right to control their name, image and likeness. What we wanted to do from the outset was come to a bipartisan consensus that puts forth a national framework that gives college athletes the same rights every other American in the country is already afforded. That’s exactly what this bill will do, and I’m proud we were able to put it together in a bipartisan way. As we know from our football days, it takes teamwork to make the dream work, and I want to thank Congressman Gonzalez for his willingness to put student-athletes first and work across the aisle in a way that will undoubtedly change lives for the better.”
The Student Athlete Level Playing Field Act: