Senators Cory Booker, Kamala Harris introduce plan for college athletes bill of rights

A group of senators led by former Stanford football player Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and including vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) on Thursday released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill or rights.

The legislative plan calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with “minimal restrictions,” and much more.

The senators also want to ensure for the athletes long-term medical coverage and treatment, enforceable medical standards, academic freedom and revenue sharing . Booker and Blumenthal were joined in a statement by seven senators, including Harris.

“As a former college athlete, this issue is personal to me,“ Booker said. “The NCAA has failed generations of young men and women even when it comes to their most basic responsibility — keeping the athletes under their charge healthy and safe. The time has come for change.”

• As expected, the NCAA called off fall championship events — a move that does not affect major college football — because not enough schools will be competing in sports such as men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.

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