I honestly didn’t see the depth of this bill in California until I saw it discussed at a blog. I haven’t been a fan of the NCAA since I was a kid. I have always thought that they got rich off of BLACK talent, and that, the exchange just didn’t even it out. Too many bad players out there (and I don’t mean those on the court) just ripping off Black youth.
So, I’m in full support of this bill, and I hope the Governor signs it.
EVERYBODY getting rich off these young Black players, and they can’t get anything?
The tide is clearly turning, and that became even more evident on Wednesday when California passed a bill that allows college athletes to earn income from the use of their names, images, and likenesses, according to the Los Angeles Times.
On Monday, the state assembly voted 72-0 in favor of the bill’s passage and on Wednesday, the state Senate passed the measure with a unanimous 39-0 vote. Gov. Gavin Newsom now has 30 days to either sign or veto the bill, and should he decide to allow college athletes to run their coins, SB 206 will officially go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023.
So there’s our happy ending, right? Not so fast.
The NCAA wants no parts of cutting any of their student-athletes a check and warned Newsom that doing so is “unconstitutional,” “harmful,” and threatens to jeopardize the sanctity of amateur sports.
And of course the Pac-12 conference—home to UCLA, USC, and other powerhouse programs—co-signed the NCAA and has begged the state legislature to pump the brakes.
But California state Sen. Nancy Skinner sees through the bullshit and is ready to fight for what student-athletes rightfully deserve: a slice of that multi-billion dollar pie.
“The NCAA has repeatedly lost anti-trust cases in courts throughout the nation,” Skinner told the LA Times. “As a result, threats are their primary weapon.”
Assemblyman Kevin Kiley also took the time to break down just how crippling and unfair the current status quo truly is.
“Forget shoe deals and video games,” he said. “NCAA athletes can’t make a little money over the summer coaching youth sports, can’t promote their social media, can’t model athletic wear, can’t accept groceries or help with rent or equipment. When a line in the sand is enforced obsessively, excessively and to the point of absurdity, that’s usually a sign it doesn’t belong there.”
Truer words have never been spoken.
The people that I was following at the blog believed that the Governor would sign it. And, the PAC 12 would lead the way. That, even if the schools didn’t want to do it to the NCAA , per se, they weren’t about to leave that West Coast TV money on the table. And, so, instantly, the PAC 12 would be desirable to the best athletes, because why sign up for those other schools when you could go to the PAC 12 school, AND get paid by Nike? The competitive recruiting advantage for even the lowliest of the PAC 12 schools would go up almost instantly. I hadn’t thought of the ripple effects, and can’t say that I’m upset about them. The NCAA is an archaic institution, filled with hypocrisy, that feeds off of young people that they don’t remotely protect. I wouldn’t be at all sad to see someone take a whack at them.