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Blumenthal Slams NCAA Policy Excluding Women Athletes From Getting Paid

John Raoux

A new NCAA policy allows male basketball players to sign with agents. It’s part of a plan to allow college athletes to be compensated for the use of their names, images and likenesses.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says excluding women from the policy is “exploitative” and “antiquated.”

“Coming from a state that takes great pride in our women basketball players, I think that is desperately unfair, and I hope you will correct it.”

Some states have implemented laws that let college athletes to profit from their performance. 

Last year, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut released several reports about the challenges facing NCAA athletes. They highlighted concerns about student access to healthcare and racial disparity in opportunities.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.
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