California just signed a law that allows college athletes to get paid

Wednesday, 02 Oct, 2019

"A majority of these athletes, it's no secret, are African American", said Sen. Parker introduced the "New York Collegiate Athletic Participation Compensation Act" in the state Senate on September 18. That group's recommendations are due to the state Legislature and governor by July 1, 2020.

Green said the law will help college athletes who "have no voice", adding he is "tired of seeing people get ripped off". The bill does not deal with the concept of having schools compensate athletes directly, but rather outlaws any opportunity to punish athletes should they pursue compensation for their image rights.

The law is set to go into effect in 2023.

Gavin Newsom has signed a bill that would enable student-athletes to profit off their own name, image and likeness, setting up a showdown in NCAA basketball and other collegiate sports between politicians and the NCAA, as well as other stakeholders. The legislation does not require schools to pay athletes. Some of the more successful student-athletes quit school early in order to become eligible to sign lucrative contracts and endorsements.

The law takes effect on January 1, 2023.

Proponents of the current college system counter that critics don't take into consideration that student-athletes receive free tuition, travel, specialized sports training, medical care, medical insurance, tutoring, clothing, meals and accommodations to sign up for classes and complete their schoolwork. It did not elaborate.

"A patchwork of different laws from different states will make unattainable the goal of providing a fair and level playing field". Politicians around the country, including Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington, have also publicly supported the idea of similar laws in their respective states. Each one threatened to bring down the governing body and fundamentally change college sports forever. It said it is considering its "next steps".

In 2009, former UCLA player Ed O'bannon sued the NCAA arguing that the use of his likeness violated anti-trust laws.

LeBron James has long used his platform to speak about what he feels are unfair practices by the NCAA in its treatment of student athletes who generate money for universities but can't profit off their own name, image or likenesses.

In recent years, NCAA member schools have passed legislation that has increased the value of an athletic scholarship to include the federally regulated true cost of attending a school, provided unlimited meals for college athletes and put more defined restrictions on the amount of time coaches can require players to take part in team activities.

The NCAA has steadfastly refused to pay players. The committee's report is expected in October.

The money the NCAA collects is distributed in dozens of ways. Tennis players can accept up to $10,000 in prize money per year, and Olympians can accept winnings from their competitions.

The NCAA reported $1.1 billion in revenue in 2017, but now only allows stipends between $2,000 and $4,000 for players in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big Ten Conference, Big 12 Conference, Pac-12 Conference and the Southeastern Conference (SEC), generally known as the "Power 5" conferences.