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USA TODAY Sports spoke with Charles Grantham, Director of Sports Management at Seton Hall, about how the NCAA is taking advantage of student-athletes.

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College athletes would gain new and significant abilities to make money from the use of their name, image and likeness, beginning Aug. 1, 2021, under a series of specific proposals for Division I rules changes unveiled Friday.

However, the proposed rules changes would give schools discretion to prevent athletes from having deals that are deemed to conflict with existing school sponsorship arrangements. These restrictions could put the NCAA at odds with the provisions of laws that have been passed by four states and are set to take effect in the coming months and years.

And late Saturday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports that the restrictions appear to make the proposal “functionally useless”¬†and, as a result, it “will do little to change the current exploitive state of college athletics.”

Blumenthal is among a group of senators, including Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who have called for the enactment of what they term a college athletes’ “bill of…