The collegiate model is apparently in for another roller coaster ride. The NCAA seems willing to turn its controversial name, image and likeness problem over to the federal government.

NCAA president Mark Emmert told reporters Wednesday that he had met with representatives of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to discuss federal legislation on name, image and likeness.

That is significant because, for decades, the NCAA has fought federal intervention on several fronts. Now, without Congressional oversight, the association might be outflanked by a series of bills filed in up to 20 states that would allow athletes to capitalize monetarily on their fame, perhaps by as early as this summer.

"There's an interest in providing support because some of these issues can't be really resolved without congressional action," Emmert told reporters while in New York for a collegiate conference.