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July 19, 2019

State Senator Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who sits on the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality, praised the governor for firing Harris.

"That is classic bad government to have the regulatory entity have financial involvement in the industry they're regulating," Skinner said. "We need to do more oversight and hold DOGGR to the expectation that I think all Californians have, which is protect our health and safety and stop this absurdity of allowing the oil industry to put us at risk."

July 17, 2019

After graduating from UC Berkeley as a back-to-back NCAA Division I national championship, Erin Cafaro embarked on a journey to pursue her dream of making the 2008 Beijing Olympic rowing team.

To the public and many around her, this path would be filled with publicity and extravagant pay.

The truth is that Cafaro received zero profit for her athletic excellence during her five years as a Golden Bear. The NCAA forbade it.

July 17, 2019

Because of regulations set out by the National Collegiate Athletic Assn (NCAA), college athletes can’t sign endorsement deals or get agents -- however, a California bill currently moving through the legislature might change that. 

Senate Bill 206 would allow college athletes to make money off their “name, image, or likeness.” Proponents argue that coaches and colleges already make a hefty profit off student athletes and that it’s unfair for these athletes, who dedicate so much of their time to sport, to be unable to profit off their talents. 

July 15, 2019

One important bill will still be awaiting a final outcome when the summer recess has ended. SB206, known as the Fair Pay to Play Act, would begin the long overdue process of making it possible for college athletes to profit from their names, images or likeness.

The bill, authored by state Sens. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Steven Bradford, D-Gardena (Los Angeles County), cleared the state Assembly’s higher education committee, despite what some members referred to as “bullying” tactics by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

July 15, 2019

California student-athletes are one step closer to being allowed to earn compensation and sponsorships while in college. The California Assembly Higher Education Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 206, the Fair Pay to Play Act. If it becomes law, it would allow student-athletes at California universities to earn compensation for the use of their name, image and likeness starting in January 2023. The NCAA has been criticized for exploiting student-athletes after reportedly making over $1 billion in revenue last year.

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July 15, 2019

The game of chicken between the State of California and the NCAA just got ratcheted up a notch.

On Tuesday, the State Assembly took the second major step toward enacting a bill mirroring the one initially proposed by California state Sen. Nancy Skinnerand adopted overwhelmingly by the state Senate. Notwithstanding the NCAA’s current policy banning such payments, the bill would allow athletes attending California colleges to receive compensation from third parties for their “names, images and likenesses” (NIL), beginning in 2023.

July 15, 2019

Russell Okung called it his "hustle," standing outside the Oklahoma State Student Union asking for a little charity.

"I'd say, 'Hey, I see you're buying detergent,'" said the two-time All-American offensive tackle. "'Why don't you get an extra one [for me]?' They'd kind of smile and say, 'Why not?'"

July 11, 2019

A California bill proposing to allow college athletes to earn compensation off of their name, image and likeness moved one step closer to passage Tuesday afternoon, when the State Assembly Higher Education Committee passed it with support from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

Senate Bill 206, the “Fair Pay to Play Act,” passed 11-0 with one abstention and will now advance to the Assembly Appropriations Committee, where it will likely be heard in August after California lawmakers return from their summer recess.

July 11, 2019

A California bill that would make it possible for a college athlete to profit from the use of his or her name, images and likeness passed another subcommittee hurdle in the legislative process Tuesday afternoon.

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July 11, 2019

Chargers left tackle Russell Okung doesn’t just stick to football. He’s provided better opportunities for at-risk youth and fought for his colleagues as a member of the NFL Players Association.

The two-time Pro Bowl player and former Super Bowl champion is now fighting for collegiate athletes.

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