A handful of other states have passed similar legislation.
Whitmer said that she is hopeful that the NCAA will make such
changes standard for all student athletes.
``For years we have all enjoyed the incredible talent of young
athletes across the state. This legislation will change the
lives of young men and women for years to come,'' Gov. Whitmer
said in a news release.
Bill sponsor Rep. Joe Tate, a former Michigan State
University football player, told a state House panel in
early 2020 that he was pushing for change because he knows being
a student athlete is a year-round, full-time job because of
practices, workouts, meetings and other time commitments.
``At its core, this legislation is to ensure student-athletes in
Michigan are treated fairly,`` Tate said in a news release.
The bills ban schools from prohibiting student athletes from
forming promotional deals and brand deals, except in the case of
apparel deals that conflict with the school's apparel deals.
Educational institutions would not be permitted to interfere
with athletes' scholarships, even if they earn additional
Engaging a student athlete in a sports contract before their
college eligibility concludes would no longer be a crime.
Anna Liz Nichols is a corps member for the Associated
Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for
America is a nonprofit national service program that places
journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.