California bill that would allow student-athletes in the state to profit from the use of their own name, image and likeness took another step closer to coming to fruition earlier this week.
On Tuesday, California’s Committee on Higher Education voted 11-0 to pass the Fair Pay to Play Act, which would go into effect in Jan. 1, 2023, through to the state’s Assembly Appropriations Committee, according to the Palm Springs Desert Sun.
Should the bill be passed into law, all student-athletes in California would have similar endorsement opportunities provided to Olympic athletes. Schools would not be paying athletes, however the athletes could hire an agent and pursue business deals without losing their eligibility. They would also own the rights to their name and image on all apparel.
The NCAA did not comment on Monday’s vote, however has already come out in stark opposition of the bill — and even reportedly threatened California schools in a letter by implying that they could be banned from NCAA championships should the bill be passed. The NCAA also said that it would be “impossible to host fair national championships” in California. It officially formed a working group to study the issue in May, just a week after the bill was passed in the Senate.