WASHINGTON —- For years, the NCAA has governed itself. Now, NCAA President Mark Emmert is turning to Congress.

Speaking at a House Consumer Protection and Commerce subcommittee hearing, Emmert called for quick congressional action Thursday to standardize legislation allowing amateur athletes to profit from use of their “name, image or likeness” nationally and protect athletes from unfair contracts.

In July, the NCAA announced all athletes would be able to profit off their name, image and likeness by accepting brand partnerships, teaching lessons and signing autographs.

Twenty-eight states have enacted NIL laws, but schools in states without legislation have to navigate on their own. Further, many schools do not have the resources to provide financial advising to their athletes, Emmert said.

“The NCAA alone cannot address this,” Emmert said. “We need to do it together.”

(This is a developing story.)