Gov. DeSantis signs bill allowing college athletes to make endorsement deals

Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation and Rights bill (SB 646) Friday, which establishes rights for students and schools, allows college students to have professional representation through agents licensed by the state or attorneys in good standing with The Florida Bar.

Colleges and universities are be prohibited from putting restrictions on athletes earning outside compensation or receiving professional representation.

Schools also won’t be able to revoke or reduce scholarships of athletes who earn off-field pay.

The bill also prohibits college athletes from making personal deals that conflict with the terms of team contracts.

DeSantis, who was the captain of the Yale University baseball team, signed the bill at the University of Miami Indoor Practice Facility and it will go into effect on July 1, 2021.

The delay is designed to give the NCAA time to make its own changes

The Florida proposal was spurred by a 2019 California law that will allow college athletes in that state to hire agents and sign endorsement deals starting in 2023.

You can watch the full announcement in the video stream below:

Author: WINK News / News Service Florida
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