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Florida legislators send college-athlete name, image bill to governor

The Florida House of Representatives on Friday night gave the final legislative approval of a bill that would help college athletes in the state make money from their name, image and likeness, beginning July 1, 2021.

The House’s action — by a 98-14 vote — sends the measure to Gov. Ron DeSantis, who announced in October that he supports such a proposal. The Senate approved the bill earlier this week by a 37-2 margin.

If DeSantis signs the bill, Florida will join California in having this type of a law — but Florida’s would take effect 18 months before California’s. That could prompt lawmakers in California to revisit their measure, and it puts further pressure on the NCAA as its executives, school presidents and athletics administrators consider the issue.

“For far too long, the collegiate athlete system professionalized everyone associated with athletics except for the young women and men who put in the work and sweat to hone their skills and talent,” the bill’s primary House sponsor, Rep. Chip LaMarca (R), said in a statement following the vote. 

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