NCAA chief: Fed­eral law likely on com­pen­sa­tion

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NCAA Pres­i­dent Mark Em­mert said Wed­nes­day it’s “highly prob­a­ble” Congress will set na­tional guide­lines for how col­lege ath­letes can be com­pen­sated for the use of their names, im­ages and like­nesses.

Em­mert, who spoke at a fo­rum spon­sored by the Sports Busi­ness Jour­nal, said he’s spend­ing most of his time try­ing to fig­ure out how the NCAA and its mem­ber schools will al­low thou­sands of ath­letes to get that kind of com­pen­sa­tion un­der the aus­pices of am­a­teur athletics.

He said he’s also spend­ing a lot of time in Washington meet­ing with law­mak­ers, of­ten with univer­sity pres­i­dents and other rep­re­sen­ta­tives from in­di­vid­ual schools.

Last week, Sen. Chris Mur­phy and Sen. Mitt Rom­ney an­nounced the for­ma­tion of a bi­par­ti­san con­gres­sional work­ing group on the topic of ath­lete com­pen­sa­tion.

The is­sue gained ur­gency af­ter Cal­i­for­nia passed a law in Oc­to­ber that will give col­lege ath­letes the right to make money of things like en­dorse­ment deals and pro­mot­ing busi­nesses or prod­ucts on their so­cial me­dia ac­counts. That law doesn’t go into ef­fect un­til 2023.

Since, more than 20 other states have moved on sim­i­lar leg­is­la­tion. That would make it al­most im­pos­si­ble for the NCAA to op­er­ate with con­sis­tent rules for all its mem­bers.

■ Florida At­lantic will name Wil­lie Tag­gart its foot­ball coach, The AP re­ported. Florida State fired Tag­gart, 43, last month af­ter two sea­sons . ... Colorado State hired Steve Ad­dazio as its coach. Ad­dazio, 60, agreed to a five-year con­tract with a base salary of $1.5 mil­lion in the first year and with a $50,000 in­crease each year of the deal. Bos­ton Col­lege fired Ad­dazio on Dec. 1 af­ter seven sea­sons . ... UNLV hired Ore­gon of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mar­cus Ar­royo as its next coach. Ar­royo, 39, led an Ore­gon of­fense that was 15th na­tion­ally in scor­ing this sea­son . ... Notre Dame and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Chip Long parted ways, ESPN re­ported. Long, 36, spent the last three sea­sons as the Ir­ish’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and TEs coach.

Olympics: Rus­sian box­ers will only take part in the 2020 Tokyo Games if dop­ing sanc­tions forc­ing them to com­pete as neu­tral ath­letes are over­turned, The AP re­ported. The box­ing team unan­i­mously re­jected the con­di­tions laid out by the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency as pun­ish­ment for ma­nip­u­lat­ing dop­ing data. The WADA sanc­tions ban the use of the Rus­sian team name, flag or an­them at a range of ma­jor sports com­pe­ti­tions over the next four years.

Soc­cer: For the first time in history only five coun­tries will be rep­re­sented in the last 16 of the Cham­pi­ons League. Ata­lanta and Atletico Madrid be­came the last two teams to qual­ify for the knock­out stages, mean­ing all 16 teams are from Europe’s “big five” of Italy, Spain, Ger­many, Eng­land and France.

Ten­nis: French Open champ and world No. 1 Ash Barty was named the WTA player of the year. The 23-year-old Aussie won four tour­na­ments and led the tour with 57 match vic­to­ries.

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