New Illinois law allows student-athletes to strike lucrative deals – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) –Governor JB Pritzker on Tuesday signed a major law that allows Illinois student-athletes to receive compensation.

Mugo Odigwe of CBS 2 spoke with one of the state officials who lobbied for this to happen.

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“To be able to implement a policy on something that is extremely personal to me, something that I have a lot of intimate experience with, it is a huge day for all of us,” said the state representative. Kam Buckner (26th district).

Years ago, as a University of Illinois soccer player, Buckner couldn’t make money with his own likeness.

“For example, if you are studying chemistry, you always have the possibility of getting fair compensation from the market for the use of your name, likeness and image. You cannot do this, however, if you are a stock football player, tennis player, or hockey player.

Now, as an Illinois lawmaker, he sponsored a bill that will allow current and future athletes to do just that. With the signature of Pritzker,
Student-athletes can be paid for their names, images and even voices.

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“The thing people are talking about the most obviously is that the star quarterback or star point guard makes a deal with a merchandising company like Nike or Reebok and those things are allowed in that. But there is also the possibility, for example, for the female softball player, to be able to put her face on the poster of the local pizzeria. Buckner said.

Opponents of the legislation have argued that it could lead to a situation where students looking for lucrative deals are duped. Buckner says there are rules in place to make sure this doesn’t happen.

“We gave them the option of getting a lawyer,” Buckner said. “We gave them the possibility of hiring an agent, we also prohibited certain types of endorsements. They can’t approve of things like alcohol. like cannabis. like the video. like sports betting, or casinos and gambling.

Buckner says the future will be all the brighter for these athletes.

“It will be a new day for many varsity athletes, and we are delighted with it. “

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The law goes into effect this Thursday, which means students can begin to accept the appropriate offers offered to them.

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