Demand that the U.S. Congress guarantee fair pay for college athletes in every state.

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    Demand that the U.S. Congress guarantee fair pay for college athletes in every state.

    Demand that the U.S. Congress guarantee fair pay for college athletes in every state!

    Finally, after decades of being exploited, student-athletes in California have the opportunity to make money from endorsements, hire agents, and earn profits from their own names, images, and likenesses. This historic law is a major step forward in our fight against the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) “amateurism” policy, which disproportionately exploits Black players.

    But while the Fair Pay to Play Act has opened the doors for economic opportunity in California, student-athletes in the other 49 states and Washington, D.C. will continue being exploited, unless this legislation becomes federal law. Several states, including New York and South Carolina, are already looking to pass similar laws. But the NCAA is still using scare tactics and threatening to ban schools from competitions to prevent states from enacting similar laws. So we need to pressure Congress to make fair pay the standard for college athletes in every state.

    By passing a federal law, we can force an end to the NCAA’s long exploitation of Black student-athletes and usher in a new golden era of collegiate sports. By opening the door to fair pay, we can empower Black student-athletes to better navigate the balancing act of college sports, honoring the demands of their team while staying on top of schoolwork. It’s time to change the rules of the game and allow student-athletes to cash in on their hard work. It’s time to #PayThePlayers.

    Demand that the U.S. Congress guarantee fair pay for college athletes in every state.

    Here is the Petition:
    Dear Representative,

    Last week, California’s governor signed the Fair Pay to Play Act into law. This historic law is a major step forward in our fight against the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) “amateurism” policy, which disproportionately exploits Black student-athletes. Under the NCAA’s rules, college players can’t profit from their own image or likeness. Because of rigorous practice and game schedules, student-athletes cannot work while under scholarship. And because of the demands the NCAA puts on Black athletes to generate revenue, many find it impossible to earn a degree while they play. Not only are the NCAA's rules denying Black athletes fair compensation, they're robbing student-athletes of a chance to get a degree.

    While the Fair Pay to Play Act has opened the doors for economic opportunity in California, student-athletes in the other 49 states and Washington, D.C. will continue being exploited, unless this legislation becomes federal law.
    This would transcend geographic and partisan lines. Republican Representative Warner recently introduced a bill in Congress, the Student-Athlete Equity Act (HR 1804), which would strip the NCAA of their tax-exempt status unless they begin allowing athletes to profit off their likenesses.

    By passing a federal law, Congress can force an end to the NCAA’s long exploitation of Black student-athletes and usher in a new golden era of collegiate sports, empowering Black student-athletes to better navigate the balancing act of college sports, honoring the demands of their team while staying on top of schoolwork.