Bill would allow Illinois college athletes to be paid for endorsement deals

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois could join California in allowing college athletes to make money while in college.

A bill has been introduced in the legislature which is identical to a bill signed by California’s Governor Gavin Newsom.

The Illinois bill would allow athletes to make money off of their likeness, which would open the door for endorsement deals.

Several other states are considering similar bills.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is against the idea, saying it blurs the line between amateur and professional athletes.

Lawmakers could address the issue during the fall veto session.

If passed, the change would not go into effect until 2013.

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