HARRISBURG – Athletes in PA may soon be able to earn compensation from their name, image, and likeness, thanks to a bill that passed the General Assembly. State law regarding athlete compensation was changed as part of a budget related bill. The measure prohibits institutions of higher education from hindering athletes from earning compensation. It also requires persons making a profit on college team merchandise to make a royalty payment to each athlete whose name, image or likeness is used on the merchandise. An athlete’s scholarship cannot be used to limit the athlete’s right to use their name, image or likeness except as required in federal or state student aid guidelines. The measure now awaits a final signature from Gov. Tom Wolf. Six other states have similar laws that will permit athletes to earn compensation starting July 1.