A new bill was passed in California state assembly on Wednesday that will make it allowable for college athletes to make money off of there names images and likeness. However, the bill is getting some major pushback from the NCAA.
Senate bill 206, which is also referred to as the Fair Pay to Play Act is now on its way to Gov. Gavin Newsome’s office for approval.
On its website, the NCAA states that “Student-athletes may not receive any type of pay or compensation for play (either directly or indirectly) and cannot be involved in any commercial endorsements for a product, service or establishment.”
So basically if a player’s Jersey is sold in a store or if their likeness appears on a video game they don’t receive anything from it.
Sports Illustrated has reported that the NCAA made 1.1 billion in 2017.
NCAA President Mark Emmert, as well as 21 of the organization’s board of governors, clearly want to keep the current rules in place. Because they signed a letter that was sent to Newsom on Wednesday and said if the bill becomes law it will erase the line between pro and college athletes.
“If the bill becomes law and California’s 58 NCAA schools are compelled to allow an unrestricted name, image and likeness scheme, it would erase the critical distinction between college and professional athletics and because it gives those schools an unfair recruiting advantage, would result in them eventually being unable to compete in NCAA competitions,” read the letter.
If the bill is signed by Newsome it will become effective Jan 1st 2023.