Bill allowing endorsements for Arizona’s college athletes awaits vote at state House

Nico Mannion #1 and Chase Jeter #4 of the Arizona Wildcats guard Torry Johnson #11 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the first half of the game during the Wooden Legacy at the Anaheim Convention Center at on December 1, 2019 in Anaheim, California.
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By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star

Student athletes at Arizona universities and community colleges would be able to profit from their endorsements under the terms of legislation awaiting a vote at the state House.

The proposal by Rep. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale, would override any rule or regulation that prohibits athletes from making money “as a result of the use of the student athlete’s name, image or likeness.” It also would bar athletic associations that govern interscholastic sports from enforcing any similar restriction.

HB 2143 essentially mirrors a measure approved last year for student athletes in California. Kern said that’s part of the reason he wants the bill — to prevent those who would otherwise attend Arizona schools from deciding to go to California where they will be able to profit from their skills.

Kern isn’t the only one with that concern.

Gov. Doug Ducey told Capitol Media Services last year he worries that Arizona universities might find it hard to attract talent if high school athletes can get more lucrative offers to go to college elsewhere


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