The organization, which encompasses 350 Division I colleges and universities that play intercollegiate sports, had its hand forced by California’s Fair Pay to Play Act of 2019. That law, carried by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, was the first in the country to allow student athletes to profit off their names and images, and 22 other states have since done the same.
Approval by the NCAA’s Division I Board of Governors would free each school to comply with such laws without interference from the NCAA, and would allow schools in states without such laws to create rules of their own. Athletes would still not be eligible to be paid directly by universities.
“Slam dunk! College athletes across the country are about to score big!” Skinner said in a statement when the NCAA’s Division I Council recommended Monday that the change be adopted.
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