State Lawmakers Say It’s Time To Pay College Athletes; Seek To Move Up California’s Fair Pay to Play Act To Sept. 1

June 23, 2021

In the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of compensating college athletes, two key California lawmakers say they want to launch the state’s groundbreaking ‘Fair Pay to Play Act’ in time for the 2021 college football season.

The state law that allows athletes at colleges and universities in California to earn money from the use of their name, image and likeness currently does not go into effect until Jan. 1, 2023.

State Senators Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, say they want to go into effect on Sept. 1.

“California kicked off state action to challenge the NCAA’s exploitation of college athletes, and today the Supreme Court essentially agreed telling the NCAA they could no longer function as a monopoly ‘price fixer,’ Skinner said in a statement Monday. “And with 18 states following California’s lead to give student athletes ownership of their name, image, and likeness, student athletes are the winners.”

 

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