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Tenn. Lawmaker Pushes Compensation For College Athletes

Tenn. Lawmaker Pushes Compensation For College Athletes

CREATED Mar 25, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One Tennessee lawmaker is pushing to compensate college athletes if they graduate.

The legislation would set up a State Trust Fund for athletes at Division I Universities, such as Vanderbilt University. On Tuesday, the proposal passed the House Education Sub Committee.

Representative Antonio Parkinson (D)-Memphis said the bill is necessary because athletic revenue is made by profiting off the work of these students.

"It basically sets an opportunity for the state of Tennessee and College and Universities in the state of Tennessee to do the right thing," said Parkinson.

Schools would contribute one percent of its gross athletic profits to the trust. Upon graduation, student athletes could apply for a one time grant from that trust.

"It's important that we make sure these student athletes get seed money to start their lives, once the usefulness to the university is no longer there."

Critics said athletes already get compensation through scholarships. The bill has now been slated to go before the full House Education Committee in the near future.