California Lawmakers Pass Bill consent College Athletes To benefit From support

California state assembly unanimously passes bill to allow college athletes to profit from endorsements

California state assembly unanimously passes bill to allow college athletes to profit from endorsements

Nancy Skinner and Steven Bradford initially brought to the state Senate in February - would not make individual universities responsible for paying their student-athletes.

The bill, known as the "Fair Pay to Play Act," also got some Twitter love from Warriors forward, Draymond Green.

The California Assembly has overwhelmingly passed legislation to allow college athletes to earn income for the first time from their names, images and likenesses - a proposal praised by National Basketball Association star LeBron James but slammed by the NCAA. However, a student who previously received an exemption would need to obtain a new exemption before entering kindergarten or 7th grade, or when newly enrolling in a school district or school.

The Assembly passed the companion bill, sending it to the Senate for a vote later Monday.

But it is not hard to see the legal dispute to which Newsom's signature on the bill could lead. If it passes, the legislation will head to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

If both Newsome and the Senate pass the Act, it will go into effect on January 1, 2023. An earlier version was approved by the state Senate on May 22 and the amended bill will go back to the state Senate for a vote on Friday. However, amendments sent it back to the Senate where it now awaits approval.

The bill's prominent benefactors incorporate LeBron James and multi-sport competitor Bernie Sanders.

The governor's amendments to the bill - delaying state reviews of certain medical exemptions and grandfathering in existing exemptions - were contained in a separate measure, which was also signed into law. According to the Washington Post, Emmert stated that bill's passage could cause California to lose the right to compete in or host championships.

The debate over NCAA amateurism and the money that the NCAA and schools generate through college athletic programs has raged on for years.

Universities oppose the bill, and the NCAA has warned the bill could mean California universities would be ineligible for national championships. Instead, the athletes could hire agents to seek out business deals for them.

It is unclear how exactly the proposed bill would affect recruiting but what is clear is that California school and universities would have the upper hand.

With the proposal giving athletes the ability to control profits on their name, it brings in the question of recruiting.

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