Georgia head coach Kirby Smart during a press conference at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019. (Photo by Tony Walsh)

The SEC has issued the following joint statement with the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac 12 conferences related to today’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Name, Image and Likeness legislation:

 

The Autonomy Five Conferences thank Chair Maria Cantwell and Ranking Member Roger Wicker for today’s hearing and their determination to set a fair and enforceable national standard on NIL. Only Congress can pass a national solution for student-athlete NIL rights. The patchwork of state laws that begins on July 1 will disadvantage student-athletes in some states and create an unworkable system for others. As leaders in college athletics, we support extending NIL rights in a way that supports the educational opportunities of all student-athletes, including collegians in Olympic sports who comprised 80% of Team USA at the Rio games. We continue to work with Congress to develop a solution for NIL and expand opportunities.