THE NCAA FOR DECADES has tried to prevent Congress from interfering with its operation of a billion-dollar system of amateur athletics, but on Tuesday its president met with members of Congress and delivered a very different message: “We need your help right now.”

The about-face comes as more than 20 states plan to consider various legislative proposals that would allow college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness – so called pay-to-play laws that threaten to upend the NCAA’s control over college athletics.

“Having in the end 50 different state laws is a challenge to anything that’s trying to be operated at a national level around the country,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in an anteroom of Sen. Mitt Romney’s office in Washington, D.C., where he sat between the Utah Republican and Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat. “So having this discussion be elevated at the congressional level is very, very good and certainly welcome from my point of view.”

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