Some like the idea. Others hate it.
Among the latter category are two senators from Connecticut who are concerned about whether the NCAA has the athletes’ best interest or whether the board is just looking for “another cash grab.”
“The only guaranteed outcome of an extended playoff pitch and a longer season is more league profits that players won’t see a cent of — it’s just another cash grab,” said Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. In a statement to USA Today Sports. “I doubt if the fact came out that this would increase the risk of injury to the player.”
Blumenthal was supported by his counterpart, Chris Murphy, De-Con, who spoke of athletes who had no say in the decision.
“This is yet another example of great college sports executives and administrators making decisions just to increase their revenue, while still putting the needs and health of college athletes behind,” Murphy said. “It’s crazy that the athletes who created the product had no say in a decision as big as this, and wouldn’t get any of the millions in profits that would be generated by additional games.
“This is exactly why I have introduced legislation that will help these athletes organize and collectively bargain for themselves.”
The US Senate Commerce Committee is currently trying to craft a law that would give college athletes a chance to profit from their name, image, and likeness (none). This includes the ability of athletes to sign endorsement deals, sign signatures for payment, and earn money on various social media platforms, such as YouTube.
Thus, it is not surprising that Blumenthal, who chairs the committee, and Murphy oppose this kind of extension of the supplement. They want to make sure athletes are not taken advantage of, especially given the inconsistent safety guidelines and the lack of health coverage that student-athletes receive.
However, the senators’ opinions are unlikely to have an impact on the potential expansion of the college football game. What they can do is continue to discuss issues involving the NCAA as they look to create the NIL Athletes Act, and possibly pursue some other legislation designed to benefit student-athletes.