College athletes could soon be banding together. A bill introduced May 28 would grant the athletes employee status and give them organizing and collective-bargaining rights, ESPN reported.
The College Athletes Right to Organize bill, authored by Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)would uproot the NCAA’s “foundational premise of amateurism,” the news site reported.
"Big time college sports haven't been 'amateur' for a long time, and the NCAA has long denied its players economic and bargaining rights while treating them like commodities," Sen. Murphy said in a statement. "It's a civil rights issue, and a matter of basic fairness."
A companion bill is also being introduced in the House by Reps. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), Andy Levin (D-Mich.) and Lori Trahan (D-Mass.).