TX bill that would allow college athletes to sign endorsement deals passed an important hurdle

New legislation that allows college athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL) was approved by the Texas state senate on Thursday.

SB 1385 is the eighth piece of proposed legislation at the state level to be approved to allow college athletes to profit off of NIL. Florida and Mississippi have already passed legislation that will go into effect as early as July 1. California passed a similar bill in 2019 that is not set to go into effect until 2023.

The laws would grant rights to athletes that are currently forbidden by NCAA policies, and violation of those policies would result in a student-athlete losing all eligibility to play.

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