US Rep proposes bill to allow student-athletes to join the professional leagues right out of high school

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WASHINGTON, DC (WCJB)-- March Madness comes to a close next week and some college athletes will continue to play in the NBA. But what if those athletes could have skipped college altogether and went straight to the pros?

Florida congressman Al Lawson invited the filmmakers who produced the documentary "Student-athlete" to Washington, DC for a panel discussion and showing of the film.

Director Trish Dalton hopes the film will shed light on the struggles student-athletes face.

Trish Dalton, "Student-athlete" director said, "they struggle with health issues, they struggle with the transition out of college out of their sports career. A lot of them are struggling financially and there's a lot of rules that prohibit them from getting other jobs from making a success of their athletics for themselves."

Lawson introduced the NCAA act of 2019 Monday. The legislation helps with medical coverage for sports-related injuries and increases work opportunities for athletes while they're still in school.

US Rep. Al Lawson said, "many of those athletes come out of very depressed environments and because they come out of depressed environments, they have the opportunity to up their standard of living, to help their families to move into the middle class and so forth. They need to be able to do it because you get hurt that one year and it's all over."

Lawson says the bill will allow student-athletes to join the professional leagues right out of high school instead of having to wait one year.