State lawmakers pass bills allowing compensation for college athletes

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The bills that would allow college athletes to get compensated for use of their names and likenesses has cleared the state legislature.

Those bipartisan bills cleared the Michigan Senate today and will now head to the governor’s desk. She is expected to sign them into law.

These bills do not clear the way for college athletes to be paid directly for their performances. Instead, they clear the way for athletes to get compensation for use of their name, likeness, or even athletic reputation, all without risking their place on the team or their scholarships.

There are some exceptions. For example, a student athlete could not accept a sponsorship from an apparel company that requre

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