New bill would allow student-athletes to profit off their likeness

"The only reason people give up all their weekends and all they care about is going to a football game," Courtney said. "Because of people that are sacrificing their minds, their bodies, their hearts. And we're only giving them a full ride -- they're not getting anything free."

Posted: Jun 10, 2021 7:29 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A controversial bill that would allow collegiate athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness is making its way through the state's legislature.

Senate President Peter Courtney introduced Senate Bill 5.

"The only reason people give up all their weekends and all they care about is going to a football game," Courtney said. "Because of people that are sacrificing their minds, their bodies, their hearts. And we're only giving them a full ride -- they're not getting anything free."

Courtney said one Oregon State University athlete approached him with goals of setting up a camp to train younger talent -- something that would be possible if the bill passes.

"He can come to Nike or something and say, 'Alright, I want to set up this camp -- this is the cost.' He can do all that and get benefit from that himself. He can get a little income."

Courtney said he's received opposition from the universities.

"Oregon State and Oregon have fought this thing tooth and nail," Courtney said. "They've made my life very difficult."

That's why Courtney said he was surprised to learn about a new program Oregon State University is putting on that would combine business and athletics.

The program is called expOSUre, and the university said it will provide "an education platform and toolkit designed to maximize the potential of every student-athlete's name, image and likeness."

OSU was unable to provide a comment regarding the program.

Senate Bill 5 must be approved by the House before making its way to Gov. Kate Brown's desk.

If it passes, the bill will go into effect July 1. 

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