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State Rep. Mickey Dollens introduces bill to allow Oklahoma college athletes to be paid

College Football Playoff spot on the line for OU
Posted at 8:58 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 21:58:44-05

OKLAHOMA CITY — State Rep. Mickey Dollens (D-OKC) introduced a bill that would allow Oklahoma college athletes to be compensated for use of their image or likeness.

The bill, ‘Fair Pay to Play,’ would adopt the Olympic model for compensating athletes, according to Dollens. Olympians are allowed to secure endorsement deals, get paid for signing autographs, and be compensated for their name and image.

“The Olympic model would allow the NCAA to keep up the spirit of amateurism,” said Dollens who participated as both a Division 1 football player and as a member of the U.S. bobsled team. “It would also allow college student-athletes an opportunity to get paid at no additional cost to the school.”

State Rep. Monroe Nichols, a former Division 1 football player who presented a similar legislation in the past has signed on as a co-author of Dollens’ bill.

“There may have been a time that a scholarship was adequate compensation for the revenue a student-athlete brings an institution,” Nichols said. “That time has passed. College athletics is a multi-billion dollar industry built on the work and sacrifice of student-athletes. If we in Oklahoma believe collegiate athletes have the right to participate in the free market, then we need to pass a bill in the legislature that embodies the Olympic model.”

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