Lawmakers have laid the groundwork for a bill that would reshape the way the NCAA operates. U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) are at the forefront of a group of congressional members that will be introducing the “College Athletes Bill of Rights” in the coming months, according to SI.com and USAToday.com.

In the last few weeks and months, the NCAA has lobbied Congress for guidance on a name, image and likeness bill that would open up avenues for student-athletes to begin making money off of things like endorsement deals. The NCAA is on a deadline of sorts with that legislation as a handful of states are set to implement their own NIL bills in the next handful of years.

Included in this bill of rights, which is intended to go more in-depth on issues that plague student-athletes than the NIL legislation, is language that would allow something of a revenue-sharing model in the NCAA.

The bill also wants to end the penalty associated with withdrawing from a National Letter of Intent and signing another with a different school, and wants to institute lifetime scholarships for athletes to finish their degrees.

A more in-depth look at the proposed bill can be found here.

On Thursday, head football coach Mike Houston gave his thoughts on the potential legislation.

“I’ve looked at it a little bit,” Houston said. “I have not looked at it in-depth. You got to be careful getting into a realm that you don’t have a whole lot of knowledge about. Some of the proposals might be some things that could be good, but I think you’ve got to look at what’s good for the student-athletes, what’s good for the college setting, what’s good to preserve amateurism. If you’re not going to look at it from those perspectives, then I think that you can end up ruining what is a really good game.

“I’m all for any way that we can support the players more. I think it has to be regulated. If they can do it with some guidance, I would be in favor of it. It’s no different than the name, image, likeness. If they can give some guidelines. How do you regulate it? How do you make it balanced throughout your locker room?”

Reporting on the bill suggests the Congressional members behind it want to roll the NIL legislation into the bill of rights, while making changes and adaptations to all the components involved.

While the proposed changes are meant to benefit student-athletes on paper, Houston cautions lawmakers not to make speedy decisions and do plenty of research into the areas potentially impacted by the bill. Otherwise, Houston said, if precautions are not made and guidelines and protocols are not put into place to protect student-athletes, then college athletics could be negatively impacted.

“I worry about people that have no knowledge internally of the workings, the rules and everything that goes into the college game meddling in the college game,” Houston said. “If someone wants to start doing legislation, then they need to make sure they do their homework, come spend time around a college program, see the inner workings, see how your decision may impact student-athletes on a daily basis. Because these ideas — they may sound good — but I think that the ramifications of those ideas could be detrimental to the sport, period.”

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