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To Get NIL Right, Congress Must Protect Nonrevenue Sports

Twitter started up back in 2006, when I was just 8 years old. Instagram kicked off four years later, right around the time I started competing in travel league softball. Through high school, social media was not just an outlet, it was a venue—and that’s true for virtually every college athlete in America. Building a brand on social media is second nature to my generation—and as a student-athlete, I think I have a right to monetize that brand.

Congress is considering a new federal law to recognize the right of every student-athlete on U.S. college campuses to seek payments from third parties for the use of their name, image and likeness (NIL).