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Student Athlete Fair and Equitable Act Pre-Filed in Texas


Irving, Texas. December 31, 2020

Representatives Drew Darby and Matt Krause have pre-filed the Student Athlete Fair and Equitable Act (House Bill 920), which would allow collegiate athletes to be compensated for the use of their likeness. House Bill 920 is similar to legislation from other states that have addressed this issue. In Spring 2020, the NCAA's Board of Governors voted unanimously to allow collegiate athletes to benefit from the use of their name, image, and likeness. The S.A.F.E. Act would establish a framework to achieve this in the Lone Star State.

"I am proud to join Representative Krause in supporting legislation to ensure student athletes in Texas can fairly earn compensation from their own name, image, and likeness," said Representative Drew Darby. "College athletes are great ambassadors for their schools, generating not only pride and inspiration, but also considerable revenue. Formally recognizing their right to benefit from their athletic skills is long overdue, and I look forward to working with Representative Krause to pass House Bill 920," Representative Darby said.

Representative Matt Krause stated, "For far too long the NCAA has richly benefitted from the talents and abilities of its athletes while not allowing those players to do the same. The S.A.F.E. Act will protect student athletes under Texas law and help them receive some form of compensation for the revenue they generate for Texas' colleges and universities."

House Bill 920 will be assigned to the appropriate committee once the Texas House convenes for the Eighty-Seventh Legislature.

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