California state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, issued the following statement regarding the decision today by the NCAA Division I Council to recommend granting college athletes the right to make money from the use of their name, image, and likeness (NIL):
“Slam dunk! College athletes across the country are about to score big! After nearly a century of monopolistic profiteering, the NCAA is finally ready to throw in the towel and let student athletes make money from their name, image, and likeness! I’m elated that our 2019 bill, SB 206, the Fair Pay to Play Act, launched a national movement – 20 other states followed our lead and have granted NIL rights. With the expected vote on Wednesday, the NCAA Board of Directors will do the same. California for the win!”
Sen. Skinner represents the 9th Senate District, is chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, and is vice chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus.