Los Angeles - The governor of California Gavin Newsom is spearheading a move to
allow American college athletes be paid despite pushback from the
National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Newsom signed a bill Monday to allow US athletes to hire agents and
make money from endorsements but the California bill won't come into
effect for 27 months.
Newsom is hoping the bill, called Fair Pay to Play Act, has a domino effect.
"It's going to initiate dozens of other states to do similar
legislation. And it's going to change college sports for the better by
having now the interest, finally, of the athletes on par with the
interests of the institutions," said Newsom. "Now we're rebalancing that
The bill, which comes into effect in January 2023, threatens to
disrupt the business model of American college sports and in June, NCAA
President Mark Emmert said if the bill became California law, schools in
the state could be prohibited from participating in NCAA championships.
"As a membership organization, the NCAA agrees changes are needed to
continue to support student-athletes, but improvement needs to happen on
a national level through the NCAA's rules-making process," an NCAA
spokesman said on Monday.
"Unfortunately, this new law already is creating confusion for
current and future student-athletes, coaches, administrators and
campuses, and not just in California."