California should ignore Emmert's fear mongering and enact the Fair Pay to Play Act. Any threat from Emmert to exclude California schools from NCAA competitions is empty and will likely never come to fruition.
A proposed bill calls for student-athletes in California to have the ability to endorse a product or business, or even have a social media account they can make money from.
The bill is not about whether college athletes should be paid for playing their respective sports, but instead whether those athletes should be able to make money for being themselves if the opportunity arises.
“The student-athletes under such restrictions and my bill would just lift those restrictions,” said Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley.
State Sen. Skinner is the author of Senate Bill 206.
How a Calif. Senator became inspired to author the bill that could change the NCAA and share the wealth
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Skinner says she has long been interested in ensuring that athletes get a fair shake, stemming from her days as an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, and as a life-long sports fan.
Banning a member college for allowing athletes compensation in compliance with state law is likely an act that would violate federal antitrust laws, as well as California's common law right to good faith and fair dealing.
California is close to passing a law that would return to athletes what the NCAA unjustly stole: the rights to their own names, images and likenesses. One’s name and face are what some people might call a birthright. But in the eyes of the NCAA, college athletes don’t have birthrights; they’re serfs. NCAA President Mark Emmert, the Lord High of the Carillon Towers, has suggested all of California’s postseason competition could be jeopardized if the state allows an athlete to make a profit from his or her own name, picture or signature.
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