Hear From The Fla. Legislative Leader Who Wants To Allow College Athletes To Get Paid

Oct 4, 2019

Rep. Kionne McGhee, D-Miami, debates the felon voting rights bill during session Wednesday April 24, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla.
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Following California’s lead, Florida recently became the second state to introduce legislation pushing to allow collegiate athletes to profit from their name and likeness. Ryan Dailey spoke with House Minority Leader Kionne McGhee, who filed a bill to do just that – and it’s got the attention of much of the sports world.

Questions:

How does your bill work, and what it would change about the system the NCAA currently has set up for collegiate athletes?

You announced on Twitter this week that you’d had a conversation with Governor Ron DeSantis about the bill, how did that meeting go?

There’s been a good deal of buzz online about this move in California and Florida, and high-profile celebrity endorsements like LeBron James behind the idea. What made you interested in starting this push in Florida?

Has the NCAA reached out to you, have there been any conversations with the organization?