NCAA pres­i­dent warns lack of NIL law could kill Divi­sion II and III ath­let­ics

NCAA president warns lack of NIL law could kill Division II and III athletics

NCAA Pres­i­dent Char­lie Bak­er urged a Sen­ate com­mit­tee Tues­day to adopt leg­is­la­tion estab­lish­ing a nation­al stan­dard for name, image, and like­ness for col­lege ath­letes, warn­ing the absence of reg­u­la­tion could kill pro­grams at small­er schools.
Bak­er, a Repub­li­can who served as gov­er­nor of Mass­a­chu­setts from 2015 to 2023, was one of sev­en wit­ness­es who tes­ti­fied before the Sen­ate Judi­cia­ry Com­mit­tee on the need for a nation­al reg­u­la­tion on name, image, and like­ness, which allows col­lege ath­letes to sign endorse­ment and spon­sor­ship deals.
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Sen. Lind­sey Gra­ham (R‑SC), the rank­ing mem­ber of the com­mit­tee, not­ed that the influx of NIL mon­ey has gone pri­mar­i­ly to sports that gen­er­ate sig­nif­i­cant rev­enue, name­ly foot­ball and men’s bas­ket­ball. He asked Bak­er what would hap­pen if a push to clas­si­fy col­lege ath­letes as employ­ees is suc­cess­ful.
“I th …