Two lawmakers explore "Pay for Play" possibilities in Iowa

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa - Two Iowa lawmakers have propsed a law that would pay college sports athletes in Iowa.

(Photo Courtesy: Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Republican Representatives Joe Mitchell from Mount Pleasant and Ras Smith from Waterloo have asked the Iowa Legislative Services Agency to draft a bill modeled on one signed into law earlier this fall in California.

Mitchell and Smith both tell the Cedar Rapids Gazette they know their bills probably won’t sail through the chambers.

California’s law, scheduled to go into effect in 2023, would end the traditional practice of student-athletes being compensated with an education rather than a salary.

Under the measure, individual schools and the National Collegiate Athletic Association would not be able to ban students from earning the compensation.