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There is no real debate among lawmakers on Capitol Hill about whether college athletes should be permitted to monetize their name, image and likeness, but there was a renewed request from the NCAA to help sort the issues.

Watch the hearing in the video player above.

A federal law governing how college athletes can earn money off their fame seems like a certainty at this point.

College sports leaders have warned that a patchwork of state laws will make it impossible for schools that compete against each other to do so on a level playing field.

“We do need some parameters to preserve the collegiate model and protect the recruiting environment,” Gonzaga men’s basketball coach Mark Few told the committee.

Dr. Wayne Frederick, President, Howard University said he had “concerns” over the burdens smaller institutions may face. “Particularly those historically Black institutions that do not have the same resources as some of our wealthier and more privileged peers.”

The Division I Council meets June 22-23 and could take action then, but only a federal law could preempt state laws in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and New Mexico that are set to go into effect July 1.

Connecticut became the 19th state to pass NIL legislation on Wednesday.

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