Connecticut becomes 19th state to allow college athletes to receive compensation

Connecticut has joined 18 other states in passing legislation that will allow collegiate student athletes to be compensated for endorsements.

News 12 Staff

Jun 11, 2021, 9:19 PM

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Connecticut has joined 18 other states in passing legislation that will allow collegiate student athletes to be compensated for endorsements.
The NIL bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday stands for Name Image and Likeness. Starting this fall, athletes at UConn and Sacred Heart can finally capitalize on their talent outside of receiving a full scholarship by running a camp in their name or endorsing a brand on social media.
Former Sacred Heart University athletic director and Major Leaguer Bobby Valentine says the law was long overdue, and that athletes deserve to make money off of their talents like any other student.
The University of Connecticut said in a statement it's grateful students will now be able to benefit from their name image and likeness. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says that gives schools in Connecticut a recruitment advantage.
The NCAA is also in support of national regulations. Blumenthal says it will go beyond letting them make money and provide them with additional support.
The new law will go into effect Sept. 1.


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