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Florida Could Allow College Athletes To Profit Off Social Media & More

Football stadium is filled with people who are watching the game.
Robbie Gaffney
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WFSU

The NCAA bans college athletes from profiting off their name, image, or likeness. California introduced a bill that would allow athletes to earn money and Florida is following its lead.

DeSantis looks off to the side while smiling. He's wearing a button-down shirt and blazer. Behind him is one palm tree.
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis smiles as he arrives at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. DeSantis said the state is expanding its efforts to eradicate invasive pythons in the Everglades and is working with the federal government to get snake hunters to remote areas of Big Cypress National Preserve.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is hoping to change an NCAA ruling that bans Florida college athletes from profiting off their likeness. He spoke in support of a bill to be introduced for the 2020 Florida Legislative session. DeSantis says college athletes are treated unfairly compared to other students.

“California did the first step. You know, if Florida than follows suit, you know, this is not like Delaware is doing this. I mean these are really big powerhouse states when it comes to—To college athletics,” DeSantis says.

Former Florida State University football player Corey Simon spoke in support of DeSantis. He says scholarships aren’t enough to pay for living expenses or injuries players sustain.

“A lot of folks make the argument— well they get a college scholarship. They give you a college scholarship. It’s not a gift. If I couldn’t play football, Florida State’s not knocking at my door. The nine shoulder surgeries and the two knee surgeries that I had when I was here didn’t— that wasn’t Florida State. Florida State wasn’t laying on the table. It was me,” Simon says.

There’s been a nation-wide movement to allow college athletes to profit. Currently, they’re not allowed to accept endorsements. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Kionne McGhee (D-Miami). It is not yet been scheduled to be heard in a committee.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.