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Switzer speaks out on Oklahoma’s bill allowing athletes to be paid for endorsements

By on May 25, 2021 0

A bill to allow Oklahoma varsity athletes to be paid for their name, image and likeness is expected to be heard in the House on Tuesday, a stone’s throw from the governor’s office.

Under state law, it is already legal for college athletes to pay for endorsements, however, it is prohibited by the NCAA. As an organization signals an intention to alleviate the restriction, From Oklahoma SB 48 would render the NCAA rule null and void.

“That tells the NCAA that you cannot prohibit student athletes in the state of Oklahoma from being compensated for the use of the image and the likeness of the name,” the officer said. Oklahoma-based NFL Kelli Masters.

The bill allows college athletes to recruit agents, such as Masters, to represent them in endorsement agreements.

“For me, it’s a matter of fairness,” said the bill’s author, Senator Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville. “If you’ve got another talent and you’re a student, let’s say you’re a piano artist, you can play and get paid. You can do a concert if you are a singer. So if your talent happens to be athletics, why shouldn’t you benefit from that talent as well? ”

Daniels said officials from Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma “spearheaded” the addition of the language to the bill.

“I’m totally against it,” said Barry Switzer, former OU and Dallas Cowboys football coach. “What is a scholarship worth?” $ 100,000 – $ 150,000? ”

Switzer said athletes are already compensated by full scholarships. The former coach told News 9 he was concerned the promise of paid endorsements could disrupt the recruiting process.

“I don’t want others outside of the sports department involved, kids having agents,” Switzer said. “When you bring other people into the fray, the kid recruited from Dallas, TX has a better chance than a kid from Stillwater, Oklahoma, doesn’t he, to market his likeness. It’s not fair, is it?

According to University sports affairs, 15 states have passed similar bills. Oklahoma would be the first of the Big 12. Five name, image and likeness laws are enforced. summer.

“We’ve been heading down this path for a while now,” Masters said. “Students grew up in an era where they know what it means when you say building a personal brand, they’ve done it their entire career.”

The bill authorized the Senate last week 43-3.

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