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2 U.S. Senators Are Introducing A New NCAA Bill

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CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20: A general view of the court before the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and Michigan State Spartans during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

A pair of U.S. senators are reportedly set to unveil a bipartisan bill this week aimed at reforming the NCAA infractions process.

Senators Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.) and Cory Booker (D., N.J.) will introduce the NCAA Accountability Act of 2021 later today, according to Sports Illustrated's Ross Dellenger. A 10-page bill, it attempts to streamline the NCAA's bloated and unhurried infractions process, which has come under increased scrutiny in recent years.

Per Dellenger, the proposed legislation "creates a set of deadlines to facilitate quicker investigations, shortens the statute of limitations on violations and establishes a new appeals process." It would also put the NCAA under federal and state oversight.

If passed, the bill would require NCAA investigations to be completed within eight months of notifying a school that one has been opened. It would also reduce the statute of limitations on investigations to two years, as opposed to the current limit of four.

Other components of the bill include:

  • Schools being able to use a three-arbiter panel to appeal punishments, different from the current appeals committee.
  • The banning of the NCAA using "confidential sources" as evidence for a decision.
  • Requiring the NCAA to submit an annual report of investigations to the United States attorney general and each state’s attorney general.

The NCAA Accountability Act of 2021 will be released today.