RALPH D. RUSSO, AP Faculty Sports activities Author

NEW YORK (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert mentioned Wednesday it’s “extremely possible” Congress will set nationwide tips for a way faculty athletes could be compensated for the usage of their names, pictures and likenesses.

Emmert, who spoke at a discussion board sponsored by the Sports activities Enterprise Journal, mentioned he’s spending most of his time attempting to determine how the NCAA and its member faculties will permit 1000’s of athletes to get that type of compensation underneath the auspices of novice athletics.

He mentioned he’s additionally spending loads of time in Washington assembly with lawmakers, usually with college presidents and different representatives from particular person faculties.

Final week, Sen. Chris Murphy and Sen. Mitt Romney introduced the formation of a bipartisan congressional working group on the subject of athlete compensation.

“They need to hear from their house universities,” Emmert mentioned. “Members of Congress care about faculty sports activities. They acknowledge how vital it’s to American society. They don’t need to do hurt. They need to make it higher. But it surely’s going to be a protracted highway. It’s not going to be one thing that occurs in a single day.”

The difficulty gained urgency after California handed a legislation in October that may give faculty athletes the suitable to generate profits of issues like endorsement offers and selling companies or merchandise on their social media accounts. That legislation doesn’t go into impact till 2023.

Since then, greater than 20 different states have moved on comparable laws, with some states saying they want new legal guidelines in place as quickly as subsequent 12 months.

That may make it virtually not possible for the NCAA to function with constant guidelines for all its members.

“This is a matter larger than the NCAA. This is a matter larger than an NCAA group,” Southeastern Convention Commissioner Greg Sankey mentioned. “The place we will head, I hope, will not be merely a political dialogue, however a considerate and informative {conversation} about how greatest to help student-athletes.”

A federal legislation would get rid of that potential downside, however the NCAA would love a say in what that appears like.

“When you had a totally unfettered sponsorship mannequin like some state payments are anticipating, the character of that may slide in a short time into an employee-employer relationship,” Emmert mentioned.

The NCAA has had a working group sorting via identify, picture and likeness compensation since summer time, earlier than the Board of Governors final month cleared the way in which for athletes to be compensated “in a way in line with the collegiate mannequin.”

The board gave its sprawling membership a deadline to make legislative adjustments by 2021.

Huge 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby is a part of the NIL working group.

“This hasn’t, frankly, been probably the most satisfying NCAA service that I’ve been concerned with,” Bowlsby mentioned. He mentioned the timetable the NCAA has set is “doable.”

Finally what the NCAA does is more likely to be dictated by lawmakers.

Temple athletic director Patrick Kraft mentioned he is aware of compensating athletes is on its solution to turning into a actuality. He mentioned he’s “not dropping sleep” over the problem.

“I simply need to understand how am I going to guard my establishment and defend (the athletes),” he mentioned.

The NCAA and faculty sports activities leaders have usually been apprehensive about federal regulation. As soon as the door is open, it may very well be tough for faculty sports activities leaders to dictate what’s off limits to lawmakers.

‘’That is going to be as much as Congress,” Emmert mentioned. “We’ll present no matter enter we are able to and reply no matter questions they need. They might nicely see different issues they assume may or must be addressed.”

Emmert, who has been in his job since October 2010, acknowledged some points “can’t be actually resolved with out congressional motion.”

“However no one is speaking in regards to the federal authorities working faculty sports activities,” he mentioned.

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