U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn issued a statement following her meeting with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey and others on NCAA fairness and NIL standards:
"For far too long, the NCAA has refused to allow student-athletes to benefit from the use of their name, image, likeness (NIL). NCAA President Mark Emmert's resignation is one of many necessary structural changes that will enable the NCAA to support our student-athletes. During my meeting with SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey and others today, I continued to push for the accountability and fairness measures our student-athletes deserve," said Senator Blackburn.
- Senator Blackburn has long been a leader on NIL rights for student-athletes.
- She introduced the NCAA Accountability Act to establish due process protections for student-athletes, coaches, and universities that are under investigation by the NCAA for rule violations.