Two South Carolina legislators are planning to be next in a recent movement of lawmakers attempting to give college athletes more opportunities to earn money while in school.
State Sen. Marlon Kimpson said he and Rep. Justin Bamberg plan to introduce a bill in January that would allow college athletes to profit from selling their name, image and likeness. Kimpson said the bill would also include a proposal to make schools put money into a trust fund for football and basketball player to collect after they graduate.
Kimpson and Bamberg have floated similar ideas in the past, but those did not generate enough interest to require a vote. Kimpson said he is hoping a recent bill in California provides enough evidence for his fellow lawmakers to see that the public attitude toward paying college athletes has changed.