SEC, Pac-12 commissioners seek NIL help in D.C.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — SEC commissioner Greg Sankey and Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff will meet with United States senators in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to ask for legislative assist surrounding title, picture and likeness insurance policies.

“I’ve been invited to conferences with a number of senators tomorrow to debate the problems we’re seeing with title, picture and likeness, and with the existential risk of our student-athletes being deemed to be staff,” Kliavkoff informed ESPN on Wednesday.

NCAA president Mark Emmert and different leaders in faculty athletics have been asking for federal lawmakers to step in and regulate NIL insurance policies. There are at present no federal rules round NIL, and state legal guidelines range significantly.

Kliavkoff contacted Democratic Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell, whom he is aware of from their time working collectively at RealNetworks. He and Sankey will likely be assembly with Cantwell and Republican Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn, and are hoping to fulfill with different senators from each events.

“The purpose is to debate a couple of of the problems dealing with faculty athletics with influential senators,” Kliavkoff stated. “I feel it is extra possible that we finally get federal laws on title, picture and likeness, however we’re additionally considering discussing all the hurt that may come to student-athletes if they’re deemed to be staff.”

The conferences come on the heels of Pac-12 spring conferences throughout which athletic administrators and coaches sought options to raised management the NIL panorama.

Kliavkoff informed ESPN it is crucial to implement guidelines prohibiting the usage of NIL as a recruiting inducement or pay-for-play.

“Both the NCAA goes to get its act collectively in implementing this,” he stated, “or I’ll be pushing for a smaller group to determine methods to create and implement the NIL guidelines that all of us agree on associated to inducement and pay-for-play. The quantity of an NIL cost needs to be commensurate with the work achieved as a backstop to ensure we’re not utilizing it associated to inducement and pay-for-play.”

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