By: Maxine Kornagle
Brooklyn State Senator Kevin Parker and Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages are supporting student athletes.
The legislators released a statement after the National Collegiate Athletic Association announced that it would begin deliberations to permit college athletes to profit from their names, images and likeness. It reads:
“Today, we stand with student athletes, former student athletes, their families and legislators to applaud the NCAA for taking a first step in the right direction for our student athletes. Many athletes, some of whom would have never attended college except for their athletic prowess, come from traditionally marginalized Black and Brown communities where paying rent and finding a meal to feed your family is a day-to-day concern. The opportunity to afford basic life expenses outside of what scholarships and other athletic grants and stipends provide will be a game changer for many college athletes and their families. It is our hope that the NCAA will cut a fair deal that includes savings plans for students, as well as a fund for injured student-athletes as our bill in New York directs. We will continue to advocate for our legislation in New York until the NCAA agrees on a fair plan to compensate student athletes.”
It continues, “We want to thank California Governor Gavin Newsom for being a leader on the issue of “fair pay to play” as now our voices have been heard and the NCAA will make the necessary changes to ensure students are receiving a fair share of the income generated by their God given talents. We must continue to advocate for economic justice for our students, student athletes, and for anyone who has consistently been deprived.”
Parker represents Brooklyn’s ethnically diverse 21st Senate District comprised of sections of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, Windsor Terrace, and Park Slope.
In the Association’s continuing efforts to support college athletes, the NCAA’s top governing board voted unanimously recently to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.
The Board of Governors’ action directs each of the NCAA’s three divisions to immediately consider updates to relevant bylaws and policies for the 21st century, said Michael V. Drake, chair of the board and president of The Ohio State University, officials said.
“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” Drake said in a release. “Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as a part of higher education. This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCAA members have taken in recent years to improve support for student-athletes, including full cost of attendance and guaranteed scholarships.”