Friday, May 14, 2021

KU’s Bill Self ‘disappointed’ in Kansas Legislature’s inabilty to pass legislation on name, image, likeness

Kansas head coach Bill Self watches his team play against TCU during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. Kansas won 60-46. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Kansas head coach Bill Self watches his team play against TCU during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas. Kansas won 60-46. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)


The Kansas Legislature wrapped up its most recent session last weekend without passing a name, image and likeness bill that initially passed in the Kansas House.

A handful of other states have passed similar bills allowing athletes at their universities to capitalize on the NCAA’s recent change of heart on student-athletes making money off of their name, image and likeness through endorsement deals.

Asked about the situation on Thursday, Self expressed disappointment.

“I'm not a politician, I don't understand how it all works,” Self told the Journal-World. “But I know that all the universities (in Kansas) are certainly disappointed that the name, image and likeness did not pass. We are now hoping that the federal government or the NCAA will step in and mandate something that could kick in before (whatever) the state of Kansas (potentially does) would kick in.”

If not, Self warns about a potential future scenario in which coaches and athletic programs at KU, Kansas State University and Wichita State University and other NCAA schools in the state could find themselves at a disadvantage.

“There's a chance that we'll be recruiting our athletes in all sports at a different level of playing field than what other states could be recruiting their people,” Self said. “That is not positive for colleges. Regardless of what league you're in, if your fellow competitors are at a recruiting advantage over you, it’s going to be very difficult.”

According to a Thursday report from, state Republicans tied the NIL bill to a ban on transgender athletes in school sports.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed the bill, and her veto held up by one vote in the Senate, where lawmakers had attempted to override it.

“The two are completely and totally unrelated,” Kelly said, ac-cording to the Reflector. “If they’re going to come again to the Legislature, they ought to come clean.”

According to a recent report from the Topeka Capital-Journal, Senate President Ty Masterson said he would not take up the NIL bill without reconsidering the transgender athletes ban. The Journal-World’s efforts to reach Masterson were unsuccessful.

“It’s very disappointing that the name, image and likeness did not pass,” Self said. “I'm talking only about name, image and likeness. I'm not talking about anything else. But I am hopeful, and I believe this to be true based on comments since then, that Congress and/or the NCAA will have something in place in a timely manner.”


Rodney Crain 1 year, 3 months ago

Politics lol. The more you observe politics, the more you've got to admit that each party is worse than the other. - Will Rogers

Dirk Medema 1 year, 3 months ago

Will Rogers was smart. His insight becomes more underscored with each passing year.

RJ King 1 year, 3 months ago

The governor is correct. The two issues are completely unrelated. This sort of legislative packaging (going on forever) should be eliminated.

Suzi Marshall 1 year, 3 months ago

It is disappointing the Kansas legislature could not come up with one extra vote to overturn Kelly's veto. Nevertheless, I'm not overly concerned KU athletics will be in any disadvatnage be the SCOTUS will be issuing a decision in Alston v. NCAA in a few weeks. The justices kicked the NCAA in the teeth but that could be misleading.

Len Shaffer 1 year, 3 months ago

Yeah, Suzi, it was so disappointing that they weren't able to combine hatred against a tiny minority of people with legislation that could have a huge impact on college athletics.

Rodney Crain 1 year, 3 months ago

Your lack of common sense is only outweighed by you lack of understanding. Adding transgender to the bill, especially knowing about the SC Bostock ruling 6 months ago, was shortsighted and unnecessary.

Matt Lindaman 1 year, 3 months ago

I agree-very weak move to combine the two issues. And mean spirited to boot.

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