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Lagana, Cunningham Issue Joint Statement on the NCAA’s Student-Athlete Compensation Vote

Trenton – Senator Joseph Lagana and Senate Higher Education Chair Senator Sandra B. Cunningham issued the following statement in response to the NCAA Board of Governors unanimously voting to allow student-athletes to profit from their names, images and likeness:

“We are excited to see that the NCAA is taking the necessary first steps towards allowing student-athletes to profit from their names, images and likeness swiftly following the introduction of the New Jersey Fair Play Act. The collective pressure of New Jersey, California, Florida, New York, South Carolina, Minnesota and Pennsylvania was enough to sway the leadership at the NCAA to get the ball rolling to allow student-athletes to share in the benefit the play such a large role in creating.

“Going forward, we will monitor NCAA’s progress in implementing these needed changes and determine what more we can do to protect the rights of our student-athletes. We look forward to working with those student-athletes, the NCAA and our institutions of higher education to create a plan which is fair for all parties involved.”