State lawmaker says move ahead with student athlete ‘Fair pay-to-play’ law


UNCASSVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — Should Connecticut college athletes be allowed to make endorsements and make some money?

By virtue of their perpetually-winning dominance, members of the UCONN women’s basketball team are without a doubt the best known college athletes in the state. Their coach makes a seven figure salary, but beyond their scholarships, the players cannot profit from their high-profile, on-court performances.

Their coach, Geno Auriemma, is all for it.

Back in March, Auriemma said “I think players should get paid. It’s somebody else’s job to figure out how they’re going to do that.”

Here in Connecticut, one of those ‘somebody else’s’ is State Senator Derek Slap of West Hartford who tells News 8, “Schools are generating millions and millions of dollars, billions of dollars all across the country, from, in part, the students’ likeness and these student athletes are not able to benefit at all.”

But, the highest-ranking Republican in the House, a former student athlete herself, says states can’t do this alone; there needs to be a nationwide rule.

Rep. Themis Klarides (R-Derby) saying, “You’re going to allow one state to do it and then students are going to go to that school because they’re going to let them make money off their athleticism in college and that’s not fair to another school. So the NCAA just needs to make this decision quickly.”

The NCAA says they’re working on it and is discouraging states from acting on their own. So far, there’s no official position on this from the Governor’s office. We’re told they are reviewing the idea.

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