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Oregon lawmakers considering legislation that would boost NIL efforts

Oregon lawmakers are proposing a bill that would boost current NIL legislation and put Oregon at the "opportunistic front in an ever-shifting college landscape," according to John Canzano of the Portland OREGONIAN. The bill would allow student-athletes to "collect royalty payments when a merchandiser (i.e. Nike, Adidas, etc.) makes a college jersey with their number on it." It would include "royalties for video games makers that use their likeness" and extend to "trading card companies." The bill "mirrors legislation in Pennsylvania" and would give athletes in those two states "more flexibility and opportunities vs. college athletes in other states." The proposed bill also would "open some opportunities for other students on campus." It would allow student-athletes to receive "financial, legal and accounting assistance from students on campus." A bill also is being written that would "clear the path" for bettors in the state to "gamble on college sporting events" in the state. The Univ. of Oregon and Oregon State, particularly, are in a "race against other universities for competitive advantages" in the new world of NIL. The first bill is a "home run move" that gives the state "an advantage." The upcoming legislative session begins Feb. 1 in Salem (Portland OREGONIAN, 1/15).

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