Given California’s Fair Pay for Play legislation and the NCAA being open to the idea of compensation for college athletes suggests there’s going to be some movement on the issue, Romney said Wednesday on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines.”
“If not, why I think Congress will act to make some movement because I think we recognize it’s just not fair to have these athletes giving the kind of time they give to their sport and not receiving any kind of compensation or remuneration particularly at a time where they come from very, very poor families in many cases,” he said.
The NCAA wants to see the changes in place no later than January 2021.
Romney, who led the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, said he hopes the NCAA recognizes that the idea of using name, image and likeness as a way to compensate athletes could lead to some very unusual circumstances that need to be avoided.
But the Utah Republican said there is more work to be done, including Congress stepping in to reform college sports.
"What you can't have is a couple athletes driving around in Ferraris while everybody else is basically having a hard time making ends meet."@MittRomney, who's in favor of athlete compensation for name, image and likeness, explains there needs to be adjustments to the approach. pic.twitter.com/R38klYEDSk
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) October 30, 2019
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