SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lawmakers have despatched the governor a invoice to permit athletes at California schools to rent brokers and signal endorsement offers.
It units up a confrontation with the NCAA that would jeopardize the athletic futures of powerhouse packages like USC, UCLA and Stanford.
The invoice would enable athletes at California faculties to rent brokers and be paid for using their identify, picture or likeness. It might cease universities and the NCAA from banning athletes that take the cash.
The Senate handed the invoice 39-Zero on Wednesday, just a few days after it bought an endorsement from NBA celebrity LeBron James.
It now goes to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has not mentioned whether or not he’ll signal it.
The NCAA Board of Governors despatched a letter Wednesday to Newsom saying the invoice would finally cease California schools from collaborating in NCAA competitions.
Within the six-paragraph letter to Newsom, the board mentioned the invoice would give California faculties an unfair recruiting benefit. In consequence, the letter says, the NCAA would declare these faculties ineligible for its occasions.
The invoice, referred to as the Truthful Pay to Play Act, handed the state Meeting 66-Zero on Monday. The state Senate permitted the measure 31-5 earlier this yr, however a revote was scheduled due to modifications made to the unique invoice.
The NCAA mentioned the laws would influence greater than 24,000 school athletes within the nation’s most populous state.
The board warned that California faculties could also be declared ineligible for NCAA competitors if the invoice turns into legislation as a result of they might have an unfair recruiting benefit.
“We have explored the way it would possibly influence the affiliation and what it’d do. We consider it could inappropriately have an effect on interstate commerce,” Donald Remy, the NCAA’s chief working officer and chief authorized officer, informed The Related Press. “It’s not meant to be a menace in any respect. It is a reflection about the best way California goes about this.
“I am not saying there’ll by no means be a day we might take into account that (authorized motion), however it isn’t meant to be a menace,” Remy mentioned.