All college athletes in California can now get paid

September 1, 2021

All college athletes in California can now earn money from their name, image and likeness thanks to a bill signed into law on Tuesday evening by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

It's a first-in-the-nation law called the Fair Pay to to Play Act and it inspired a wave of states across the country to take similar action to empower student athletes.

The law becomes effective Wednesday ahead of the original January 2023 implementation date, and includes community college athletes as well. 

State legislators wanted SB 26 to take effect immediately so colleges and universities wouldn't be confused by the NCAA's interim suspension of its rules against this type of compensation.

"California led the charge against the unjust power imbalance in college sports, launching a national movement and spurring long-overdue changes in this multibillion-dollar enterprise," Newsom said in a statement. 

The law was co-authored by senators Nancy Skinner, (D-Berkeley,) Steven Bradford, (D-Gardena,) and California Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk of Santa Clarita. 


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