College Athletes getting Paid

Connor Parrish, Sports Editor

California lawmakers approved a bill that allows college athletes in the state to profit off of their name, likeness, and image.

The bill passed earlier in September has also prompted New York senator, Kevin S. Parker to propose a similar bill in New York; however, the bill has been opposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) President Mark Emmert. 

Emmert, along with 21 other members of the NCAA board, wrote a letter to the legislators listing the consequences that could come with passing the bill. 

In the letter Emmert writes, “If the bill becomes law and California’s 58 NCAA schools are compelled to allow an unrestricted name, image, and likeness scheme, it would erase the critical distinction between college and professional athletics and, because it gives those schools an unfair recruiting advantage, would result in theme eventually being unable to compete in NCAA competitions.” 

Emmert goes even further by writing that the legislation is “unconstitutional” and “harmful.” 

According to Marc Edelman, a law professor at Baruch College and sports law expert, the NCAA could now face an antitrust lawsuit if they attempt to force a postseason ban for all California schools.

This bill just keeps the argument going on whether or not college athletes should get paid, and could prompt other states to pass similar bills.