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Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Bill Allowing Florida College Athletes To Be Paid For Name, Image

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Al Diaz
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Miami Herald

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a baseball player during his days at Yale University, signed a bill Friday during an appearance at the University of Miami that will allow college athletes in the state to profit off their name, likeness and brand.

The law goes into effect in July 2021, making Florida the first state to allow these benefits. A similar California law does not go into effect until 2023.

DeSantis said the current model, which prohibits college athletes from receiving any compensation related to their sport, is “fundamentally unfair” because other students such as band members are allowed to make money on the side from their talents.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald.