California lawmaker spurs NCAA to make historic change: College athletes can now earn money

July 1, 2021

The NCAA made a historic change Wednesday, announcing that college athletes will now be able to make money from their name, image, and likeness. The NCAA Board's decision comes after a Bay Area lawmaker from Berkeley got the ball rolling to change laws on the state level.

"Well, the NCAA finally threw in the towel. It's a true victory for student-athletes, who've been exploited for decades," said California Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley).   "This isn't just about the really, you know, high-achieving basketball or football players. It's for anyone, the swimmer, the volleyball player, the wrestler, all can benefit from this."

Skinner was the author of a California bill that paved the way.

"California kick-started it. We passed our law in 2019. Twenty two other states followed us," said Skinner.


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