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College athletes decry possible delay in compensation law

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Posted at 9:18 PM, Apr 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-29 21:18:34-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Just when some college athletes in Florida were readying to cash in on their athletic prowess, the state Legislature has unexpectedly delayed their ability to hire agents and ink endorsement deals.

The curveball came in a tiny last-minute amendment inserted into an education bill in the waning days of Florida’s legislative session.

That amendment went undetected by some lawmakers — including the Florida lawmaker who sponsored a bill last year allowing college athletes in Florida to profit from their name, image and likeness.

That law was supposed to take effect in two months, but the amendment would instead delay the law from being implemented until July 2022.