For many years there has been a debate on whether or not college athletes should be paid as their schools are able to profit off of their names. Now in the state of California, student-athletes will soon be able to make a profit off of their names.
According to USA Today, California Governor, Gavin Newsom signed the “Fair Play to Play Act,” that will allow NCAA athletes to earn profit from their own name, image, and likeness. The bill, which also allows the student-athletes to hire agents, is scheduled to begin in January 2023.
Governor Newsom talked about his decision on LeBron James’ Uninterrupted show “The Shop,” and said, “I don’t want to say this is checkmate, but this is a major problem for the NCAA. It’s going to initiate dozens of other states to introduce similar legislation, and it’s going to change college sports for the better by having now the interest finally of the athletes on par with the interests of the institutions. Now, we’re re-balancing that power arrangement.”
The NCAA currently prevents students from making a profit off of their name, image, and likeness.
According to ESPN, earlier this year, NCAA board of governors and its president, Mark Emmert sent letters to California lawmakers asking them not to pass the bill.
Michael Drake, the NCAA Board of Governor’s Chair, told ESPN that the NCAA is trying to “evolve” and “modernize” their approach to name, image and likeness rights.
LeBron weighed in on the matter and said, “To every one of you who have been in this fight (and there are a lot of you)- take a bow and be proud!!!! NCAA, you got the next move. We can solve this for everyone!”
Check out the moment below:
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I’m so incredibly proud to share this moment with all of you. @gavinnewsom came to The Shop to do something that will change the lives for countless athletes who deserve it! @uninterrupted hosted the formal signing for SB 206 which will allow college athletes to responsibly get paid for their name and likeness. And it’s only right that Ed O’Bannon, who really started this journey, was in the The Shop to see his hard work pay off. Thank you @gavinnewsom and @senatorskinner for your leadership. To every one of you who have been in this fight (and there are a lot of you)- take a bow and be proud!!!! NCAA, you got the next move. We can solve this for everyone! #morethananathlete #gamechanging