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Gov. DeSantis supports college athletes getting paid

Posted at 5:20 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 17:20:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It's the latest talking point in college sports, should athletes be able to profit off their name, image or likeness? Well Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is backing it.

DeSantis joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to support the policy modeled after a California bill passed last month.

The bill would allow college athletes to benefit from their name, image and likeness. If it passes it will be effective July 1, 2020.

While the bill won't be supported by all, it has several supporters in the Capital City.

"Right now it stands to reason that the bigger schools, the Power 5 schools and conferences, those are the schools who stand to benefit the most and then of course, we will benefit or suffer from that trickle down effect if you will," said Robert McCullum, FAMU head men's basketball coach. "I think it's all relative and I think it's the right thing to do."