Tennessee lawmaker wants NCAA athletes to get paid


    Tennessee guard Jordan Bone (0) reacts from a foul made by Alabama in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee won 71-68 (AP Photo/Shawn Millsaps)

    A Tennessee lawmaker is proposing that student athletes get paid, disagreeing with NCAA policy.

    Sen. Brian Kelsey(R-Germanton) is urging all nine of Tennessee's public universities to compensate their student-athletes.

    Resolution SR0022 was filed for introduction on Wednesday. In it, Kelsey calls the compensation of student athletes a "civil rights" issue.

    "Many collegiate student athletes, especially those playing football and men's basketball, are little more than indentured servants, unpaid by the universities and athletic departments for which they generate millions of dollars in revenue, but prohibited from plying their talents in a free market by the anti-competitive labor rules."

    Kelsey argues that a Bachelor's degree doesn't "adequately reimburse" student athletes for their labor.

    The schools included in the resolution are as follows:

    • Middle Tennessee State University (Conference-USA)
    • University of Tennessee at Knoxville (SEC)
    • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (SEC)
    • East Tennessee State University (SEC)
    • University of Memphis (AAC)
    • Austin Peay State University
    • Tennessee State University
    • Tennessee Technological University
    • University of Tennessee at Martin (OVC)



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