PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The game is about to change in the college sports world.
In October, California passed a law allowing college athletes to profit from their likeness. Now Arizona could follow suit. Rep. Anthony Kern (R-District 20) has introduced legislation to compensate college athletes in Arizona. The bill could go into effect in 2021, a year ahead of California.
"Universities, the NCAA and Nike, they all make a lot of money off a name and off a talent," said Kern in an interview at Arizona's Family studios. "Let's let these Arizona families, that work very hard, make some type of money."
The bill has to pass the House, Senate and be signed by the governor. Kern is open to any criticism of paying college athletes.
"As we know, when a bill drops, it can change. Anybody who is out there and is concerned about compensation, please reach out to my office," said Kern. "I'm concerned about the top talent leaving Arizona and going to USC and Arizona. We want to keep our top talent here and keep talent from going to other states."
NCAA President Mark Emmert has been on Capitol Hill recently trying to work on federal legislation.