WACO, Texas (FOX 44) – Senator Ted Cruz visited Waco on Friday for a State of the Nation Luncheon and spoke with the media regarding Name Image and Likeness.
Cruz hoped the government could help colleges and student-athletes navigate the unchartered waters of the NIL to save the landscape of college sports.
“I’ve introduced a discussion draft, a discussion draft of federal legislation that could help protect athletes, but also ensure that college sports can remain competitive and keep what is so wonderful about it going forward,” said Cruz.
The discussion draft empowers the NCAA to enforce rules across the league and right now there are multiple ideas about what the government’s role should be in college sports.
“Some have proposed putting the federal government in charge of this, having a federal agency regulate college sports. I got to say, I think that’s a bad idea. I certainly don’t want to see federal bureaucrats deciding what constitutes rough in the passer,” said Cruz.
Instead, Cruz stated that he believes college athletics should follow the model put in place 100 years ago by President Theodore Roosevelt resulting in the NCAA. In addition to allowing athletes to enjoy the benefits of their Name, Image, and Likeness.
Baylor President Linda Livingstone also weighed in on the draft discussion showing her support of the efforts by Congress to help provide potential solutions and a framework for NIL.