In 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into a law a measure by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, that would allow players starting in 2023 to receive endorsement deals. The Legislature is now considering another bill from Skinner that would make the law effective immediately, given that Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and New Mexico all have approved similar laws that become effective July 1.
College athletes should be compensated for their performances on fields and in arenas. Colleges and universities pay millions of dollars to coaches yet maintain the fiction that the integrity of the college game depends on the players remaining amateurs.
This issue is all about money. Give the players their fair share.
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