On August 3, 2020, U.S. Senators Cory Booker, Richard Blumenthal, Christopher Murphy, Kirsten Gillibrand, Ron Wyden, Mazie Hirono, and Kamala Harris issued a “College Athletes Bill of Rights” statement that sought to advance justice and opportunity for college athletes and promised future legislation to realize their position. On August 13, they were joined by Senators Sanders, Van Hollen, and Schatz. The Drake Group applauded the initiative and urges Congress to act now to give college athletes full outside employment and NIL rights, a strong voice in the governance of college sports, comprehensive coverage for medical costs related to athletic injuries, protection from abusive coaches, mandated five-year athletic scholarships and other academic protections to improve educational outcomes.
On September 8, 2020, The Drake Group proposed a College Athletes Rights and Protection Act (CARPA) to accomplish all of the promises made in the “College Athletes Bill of Rights.”