Senate Democrats Introduce Bill Calling College Athletes 'Employees'

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill Calling College Athletes 'Employees'

Democrats in the Senate introduced a bill that would allow college athletes to be considered an “employee,” allowing them to receive compensation.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sponsored a bill in the Senate called College Athlete Right To Organize Act. If the bill passes and becomes law, it would define “any college athlete as an employee if they receive direct compensation.” Having an impact on the way schools give scholarship money to players.

The bill would be a challenge to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which has had a long “operating principle of amateurism that has allowed it to maintain control over college sports for decades,” CBS Sports reported.

If passed, the report added, the bill would prevent athletes from getting scholarships that “keep an athlete from collectively bargaining for their rights.” If passed, scholarships would be defined “as compensation that would give athletes the right to collectively

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