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Senators lay out framework for future college sports legislation

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A group of United States senators on Thursday morning released a list of items they see as important rights belonging to college athletes that they hope to soon protect or enforce with federal laws. The College Athletes Bill of Rights intends to provide athletes with a larger voice in the rule-making process, stronger health and safety standards, extended access to educational opportunities and more ways to make money — including revenue-sharing agreements similar to those in professional sports. These items are designed to be a framework for ongoing conversations about legislation as Congress becomes increasingly involved in imposing new rules on college sports in the coming year, according to Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who led the effort to create the bill of rights. “It is long past time that the NCAA should have acted on these issues,” Booker told ESPN.