WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, on Tuesday released the following statement after EA Sports announced the college football series reboot:
“EA Sports’ college football series reboot is just further proof that the NCAA's priority is keeping their profits coming while keeping any and all revenue away from their athletes. Cutting athletes out of this reboot so they aren’t responsible for paying them for their likeness is a grave injustice, and I’ll be introducing legislation soon to help players finally profit off their talent so they don’t need to face continued mistreatment like this,” said Murphy.
Last week, Murphy published an op-ed in Yahoo Sports on the ways in which COVID-19 have exposed the inherent inequities in college sports and lays out the legislative ideas to allow for college athletes to make money off their Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL), as well as provide collective bargaining rights for college athletes. Murphy will introduce legislation this week on NIL.