How California started the NIL revolution and helped NCAA athletes get paid today

July 2, 2021

In the days leading up to the 2015 “Big Game,” a Cal alum invited a Stanford grad to lead a discussion on college sports that would go far beyond their football rivalry.

Nancy Skinner did not know that Andy Schwarz’s agreeing to speak at this Oakland Rotary Club luncheon would spark a national insurrection against the NCAA, but she did know that Schwarz, an economist specializing in antitrust issues, was on her side.

“I am clear that college athletes should be compensated,” Skinner wrote to Schwarz.

 

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