As we know, there has been an argument for decades around college athletes being paid for their likeness and their talent which brings NCAA schools billions of dollars. If the student-athletes are paid, that would cut down or even eliminate the amount of funds paid to student-athletes under the table from boosters.
When it comes to states setting precedences, only a few stand out such as Colorado, and California. These two states seems to always find ways to make a difference in the best way. This time however, it is California that has stepped up to the plate to make a change in a system that is extremely flawed. During a taping of The Shop, a show that is executive produced and hosted by NBA Star and living legend, LeBron James on HBO, the Fair Pay to Play Act was signed.
California's Governor, Gavin Newsom signed the bill which will allow student-athletes in his state to receive endorsements and deals to promote companies and/or their products. Effective January 1, 2023, this bill is sure to change the tide and times of collegiate athletics.
LeBron, who is often outspoken about the antics and the unfairness of the NCAA wanted the bill signed because it's a step in the right direction and it is progress to getting all student athletes paid. Since the NCAA prohibits student-athletes from benefitting financially, this new law will allow the student-athletes to profit from their own likeness even though colleges are still not allowed to pay them outside of their scholarships.
During the show, when speaking about choosing the NBA over going to any college that wanted him, James said, “Part of the reason I went to the NBA was to get my mom out of the situation she was in. I couldn’t have done that if I had stepped on a college campus. Could it have happened a year after that? I don’t know, you never know what happens in that year. I couldn’t imagine, man, just going to a campus and doing the things I know I would have been capable of doing there, and just selling out that arena.”
Governor Newsom said, “Collegiate student-athletes put everything on the line: their physical health, future career prospects and years of their lives to compete. Colleges reap billions from these student-athletes’ sacrifices and success but, in the same breath, block them from earning a single dollar. That’s a bankrupt model, one that puts institutions ahead of the students they are supposed to serve. It needs to be disrupted.”
California was the first, and New York is also working on signing a similar bill. We wonder who will be next. Thanks for allowing us to see this history being made, LeBron.