N.C.A.A. Athletes Could Be Paid Under New California Law

from NYTs

It has been a bedrock principle behind college sports: Student-athletes should not be paid beyond the costs of attending a university. California threatened that standard on Monday after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to allow players to strike endorsement deals and hire agents.

The new law, which is supposed to take effect in 2023, attacks the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s long-held philosophy that college athletes should earn a degree, not money, for playing sports. That view, also under assault in several other states and on Capitol Hill, has held up even as the college sports industry swelled into a behemoth that generated at least $14 billion last year, and as athletes faced mounting demands on their bodies and schedules.

Under the California measure, thousands of student-athletes in America’s most populous state will be allowed to promote products and companies, trading on their sports renown for the first time. And although the law applies only to California, it sets up the possibility that leaders in college sports will eventually have to choose between changing the rules for athletes nationwide or barring some of America’s sports powerhouses from competition.

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69 Responses to N.C.A.A. Athletes Could Be Paid Under New California Law

  1. Noelle Arrighi December 13, 2019 at 5:24 pm #

    The thought of NCAA athletes being paid at some point in the next decade is truly remarkable and will revolutionize the world of college sports as we know it. I have never really been someone who believed that college athletes should necessarily receive a salary when they are playing for their collegiate team, however, I find it unfair that they can not profit off of the name that they make for themselves. This is an effort they do completely on their own without the help of the university. Indeed, the college gives them playing time and a jersey, however their talent is all their own. Arguably yes the coaches are making them the all-star players that they are, but they would not even be presented with this all-star oppurtunity if they were not capable to begin with, which is simply organic talent. The New York Times speaks to this by saying, “Every single student in the university can market their name, image and likeness; they can go and get a YouTube channel, and they can monetize that […] The only group that can’t are athletes.” I think college athletes straight up getting paid for their circumstances is not something that needs to be implemented at this point in time or ever because of all the logistics that come into play. For instance, the university would have to generate these funds to pay their athletes somehow. Truly increased tuition is not the only way for universities to gain funding, although, I know that if Seton Hall raised tuition to pay for our division 1 athletes, if scholarships did not increase with this I would have to reconsider my schooling. Additionally, this would completely change the landscape of college applications and student athletes as a whole. If students knew that they would be paid if they became NCAA athletes that would likely completely change the application process for students, because what 18-year-old college graduate does not want to be paid to go to school. However, this could enhance the talent we would see in college stadiums and courts because colleges would not want to pay those students who they do not see worthy of a salary.

  2. Patrick McGee January 23, 2020 at 3:34 pm #

    This article was such an interesting read for me, because of my passion for basketball at all levels. Although this article was published a couple months ago, it just brought the idea back into my mind, why haven’t all states passed a bill like California. When it comes to the topic of college athletes being able to receive money from sponsors, I am all for it. These athletes may still be in school and working on a degree, but when you are at the level of talent some of these players are at, there is a bigger goal in mind. Most, if not all, athletes at the college level have the pros in their mind. They want to make it to the big stage where they can reap all the benefits from being talented and putting in a lot of work into their craft. I also believe this bill should be passed in all states because there is a reason these schools and the NCAA are making billions… THE PLAYERS. It isn’t the school that brings fans from all over to love their school’s basketball team, football team, baseball team, etc. It is the players. These players have a large effect on their schools and even footwear companies. For example, when Zion Williamson was at Duke and played for their basketball team, while driving to the paint, he hurt his ankle in a play which looked pretty painful, but his shoe, which was a Nike brand shoe, tore open. This event completely affected Nike’s stock and caused it to fall for a period of time. This is just another example on why college athletes’ should be able to make money off their name. Reason being, these athlete’s have such a huge effect on their schools and companies already. Athletes put a lot of work into their skills already and are looking to become someone success and some may not get the opportunity to profit off those skills in the pros, so why not allow them to profit in college, so they can provide for themselves and even give money to their family as a repayment for all the years their family stuck with them.

  3. Philip John Mabalatan January 23, 2020 at 8:26 pm #

    Student athletes should reserve the right to their name and be able to profit off their own talent. Many of these athletes come from backgrounds where sports are seen as a way out of their current situation. To simply attend school for free or with scholarship does not necessarily provide a means for the athlete’s family to prosper. As the NYT’s states, the NCAA made a profit of $14 billion, and not a single penny went to the athletes. Star talent and renowned athletes bring name recognition to whichever college they commit to, which in turn brings money to the school. Yet, the student athletes get nothing out of this, all the while placing stress on their bodies, as the NYT’s says, “athletes faced mounting demands on their bodies and schedules”.
    In recent memory, this was the situation with 5- star college prospect Zion Williamson. Viral videos of Williamson surfaced performing incredible acrobatic feats, this drew the eyes of many scouts, curious to see which college he would eventually commit to. After his senior year, he made the decision to attend Duke University. All eyes were now on Duke. In addition to Zion were many other high-ranking recruits. The high-ranking recruits brought so much hype to the school and the NCAA. In turn, this brought in many eyes who wanted to watch their games. This brings in massive amounts of money for the university but unfortunately, none of the athletes are compensated for their efforts.
    A few athletes such as Lebron James and Kobe Bryant who did not attend college, but rather went straight to the NBA. At the same age, while one was able to make hundreds of thousands after high school, the other could not make a single penny. James and Bryant were able to already make a profit off their namesake, so at the bare minimum, college athletes should be able to promote companies and sign agents of their choosing, as the NYT’s outlines. The current system is too restrictive on athletes using their personalities.
    If California passes through with this law, it will set a precedent for others to follow. The end goal to have no restriction of a player’s likeness and freely profit how they see fit.

  4. Robert Adelson January 24, 2020 at 2:56 pm #

    This article was interesting to me because it was about a topic that I have had a strong opinion about for years now. The NCAA has been making billions, individual schools have been making millions of dollars off of the work of college teams and their athletes for years. Events like the March Madness and the College Football Playoff National Championship generate millions of dollars, and are two of the most watched events not only in the county, but even the world. The new California law will allow athletes in the state to receive what they deserve. 2023 will be the start of ground-breaking time in college sports. I firmly believe that college athletes should be able to paid. It is their faces and likeness on the tickets, posters, and on the television screens representing the schools. Not only do they bring money to the school, but also popularity and even new students. Many schools are known across the country, and even around the world due to the successes of their sports teams like basketball and football. The players do the most work but the schools and the NCAA are the ones who profit and benefit from their work the most. For many college athletes, their collegiate careers was the peak of their popularity, playing careers, and even lives. Very few athletes get to play professional in their sport after college, “college is the only time they have to profit off their hard-earned athletic successes,” Hayley Hodson, a former Stanford volleyball player, said during legislative testimony in July. Many athletes slowly fade away and even struggle with their lives when their collegiate careers are over. Allowing these athletes profit off of their success and name will help them and their families lives after college. The NCAA has long maintained that the athletes receive a mostly free education and get to earn a degree, but it is really not as easy they make it seem. Sports are why these athletes are on this campus, and their schedules reflect that. They have chaotic daily schedules, by the end of the day they are drained both physically and mentally. They also have to do extra things like appearances, team events, and even some have to deal with the fact they are practically a “celebrity” on campus. For example, this past fall the basketball team here at Seton Hall sat outside for a couple of hours signing autographs during Pirate Weekend. There were at least a couple hundred fans, alumni, and even students waiting in line for them. Imagine if they were able to charge money for it, they could make a good amount of money and they would full deserve it.

  5. Austin Minogue January 24, 2020 at 8:37 pm #

    It is about time that student athletes will get the opportunity to profit off their abilities. The amount of time and sacrifices that college athletes make to do well in their respective sport and do well in school. Until now college athletes have been unable to make any monetary compensation while they were involved with any type of athletics at the NCAA level. This new law changes that entirely, but it is still up to the NCAA to uphold this law and integrate this policy as one of their own so that athletes around the country will have the same opportunities that they are now afforded. College athletes regardless of their popularity could not do things like business promotions, commercials, endorsement deals, etc. With this being the case for so long it forced a lot of athletes to declare for the pros much earlier. Most famously done in college basketball with ‘one and done’s’, where they would only play their freshman season and declare for the NBA, giving themselves the best opportunity to make money for themselves and their families. Since this article was written in October, the NCAA has since passed new rules that will allow all athletes to profit off their likeness starting in 2020, with a more likely date being in 2021. The NCAA was originally opposed to this California law but has since as stated changed their minds and ruled in the favor of the athletes. A monumental decision that will change the lives of many athletes and their families. I think that it was about time that the NCAA and many schools set aside their profits and allowed student athletes to flourish. As it was stated in the article “People are just so aware of the fact that you’ve got a multibillion-dollar industry that — let’s set aside scholarships — basically denies compensation to the very talent, the very work that produces that revenue.” Going along with this decision since athletes will be making money during their time in school, they would be more likely to stay longer and obtain their degree, rather than leaving early and never completing their degree program.

  6. David B January 31, 2020 at 1:51 pm #

    I remember first hearing about when this law was passed in California that was going to allow college athletes to receive compensation and benefit from their name and likeness. When the news broke and I first viewed the notification from ESPN on my iphone and clicked on it to read up on more information, I did not agree with it and believed student athletes should not receive any type of money. After time passing and reading this article from the New York Times I do believe student athletes in the NCAA should be able to be paid. NCAA sports are changing from year to year and it is not the same it once was 5 years ago and will be a new direction in years to come. The NCAA and their “philosophy” that athletes should earn a degree and not not money from playing college sports is totally wrong. Athletics play big roles for many universities and help bring in millions of dollars each year for these respected colleges. I do not think the average person or somebody who is not involved with college athletics realizes how much sports does for a university. The College sports industry was stated to have earned “14 billion dollars last year”. This is the world we live in and like it or not college sports is making the NCAA rich and attracting so many spectators and most importantly bringing in the revenue.
    The move Governor Gavin Newsman made will be an instrumental decision that I think will change the college sports world forever. The NCAA has been known to always get its way and never bends or breaks and is only trying to make the most money possible. It was said that “They’re not going to do the right thing on their own. They only do the right thing when they’re sued or they’re forced to do the right thing.” This new law passed by the governor will force the NCAA to hopefully do the right thing and allow for these athletes to be able to get paid and earn compensation when their name and likeness is used. A free education is wonderful for these student athletes but it is time to give them more. These student athletes are the ones spending the hard work in the gym and perfecting their craft and the school is the one benefiting from this. The argument can be made that athletes will be able to get paid at the next level, but what if these athletes are not ever or will never make it to the next level. For example, this past season the Georgetown University men’s soccer team win the 2019 Men’s Soccer College Cup. Not every player on that team will end play at the next level of soccer and some might never reach that stage in their life again. My point being, athletes who make it big in a sport like soccer which is not the biggest college sport compared to college football or basketball, but the University of Georgetown is the one making the profit from the men’s team winning and not the players.
    The players are making millions of dollars for these schools, it is NOT the other way around. These athletes who make youtube channels and want to receive money from that and other sponsorships should be allowed too. For example last year, on ESPN I saw it all the time when I was watching, they are advertising the next big college basketball game that is on that weekend. They will show Zion Williamson and RJ Barret, two big college superstars whose name would be thrown around by ESPN and other sports outlets to draw viewers attention. Is this fair for somebody else to be using your to attract viewers and fans which can later lead to revenue. It should not matter student athlete or not, whether or not you are able to earn an income using your god gifted talent. What I really liked what Newman said was “Every single student in the university can market their name, image and likeness; they can go and get a YouTube channel, and they can monetize that. The only group that can’t are athletes. Why is that?” This makes no sense whatsoever. Me being a division 1 student athlete myself at a mid major school cannot receive any monetary value from a youtube channel if I decided to create one. Compared to my roommate a non student athlete who if he had a youtube channel would be able to make money. The NCAA has flaws in their system and Governor Newman is the first to stop this and push his hand against the NCAA. There are some student athletes are at the point in their life that this might be the only time where they can receive money off their name, and they should not be denied this right. Not every college athlete is Zion Williamson or Joe Burrow who is going to end up making millions and millions of dollars at the next level. A formed volleyball player from Stanford said it best “Only a fraction of college athletes eventually turn professional, and for the rest, “college is the only time they have to profit off their hard-earned athletic successes.”
    Believe it or not college athletes are only getting better and better and soon there will be a time when like it or not college athletes will be able to earn money while in school. Given athletes money for an education is awesome, but they deserve more if they are generating a University millions of dollars. It only makes logical sense, to reward athletes with money if they just helped their team win a conference championship and not even as major as that sell out a crowd for example a college basketball game. The Governor of California has started to what hopes to be followed up by other states. He has received support from the great Lebron James and other popular sports figure heads who are influential people in not only the college sports but in the general world of sports.

  7. Lucas Waraksa January 31, 2020 at 7:29 pm #

    Should college athletes get paid? This is a question long debated among athletes and sports fans alike. College athletes, division one football and basketball players in particular, generate a substantial amount of money for their respective schools. The attention they attract boosts their schools appeal, thus bringing in the school more money. The state of Alabama is wonderful, and the school itself is beautiful, but students choose to go to Tuscaloosa for the Crimson Tide. The main attraction at the University of Alabama is their extraordinary football team. Their consistent dominance in the NCAA, offers additional incentive for students to enroll there. People take pride in being the best at something, and having a football team that is as good as Alabama is, prompts students to associate their football teams success with their own. Many of the most sought after schools in the country also have a very popular sports team. In return, these athletes are given full scholarships to attend college and put in a position to excel in their future. Paying athletes additionally, however, would taint the purity of college competition.

    In addition to a free college education, high profile athletes who do not end up play professionally, have a leg up on their competition, because of their reputation. Former athletes are able to put on their resume that they played, for instance, basketball at Duke. In the world of marketing, notoriety plays a huge role in the hiring of employees. For instance, turn on ESPN and you will find that most broadcasters have been a college athlete. Having a former athlete talk about sports, adds credibility to their opinion.

    However, what a student athlete does on his own should be his own business. If a a college athlete wants to use his immense platform to market himself he should definitely be able to. Any ordinary student has the choice to go out and get a job. Why should the NCAA decide that college kid cant make some money for himself. If a student athlete wants to create a clothing line to capitalize on his popularity, it should be his decision because its none of the NCAAs concern. An athlete earns his free tuition by making the school more desirable. Providing testament to an athletes marketability the ,”college sports industry swelled into a behemoth that generated at least $14 billion last year.” An athlete should be able to monetize their fame outside of getting paid additionally by their school.

    What makes college sports so enticing is school spirit. Every team has a fan base of students and alumni devoted to them. Teams play for the love of the game and for the love of their school. By paying athletes, the amateur aspect of college athletics would be destroyed. College sports would be no different then professional sports. One of the most popular college athletes of this generation, Tim Tebow, said, “‘It’s about your team, it’s about your university, it’s about where my family wanted to go, it’s about where my grandfather had a dream of seeing Florida win an SEC championship.'” Fans love college athletes because they play for pride, not the paycheck. The passion observed by college athletes would be diluted by additional payment.

    While student athletes bring money to their schools, their hard work is being reciprocated by a free education. Student athletes are given the best resources to be successful in life after college. Because of this, college athletics should remain amateur and stay away from the corruption of professional athletics.

  8. Mya Jackson February 7, 2020 at 11:07 pm #

    This is a topic that has been extremely controversial over the last few years. However, in my opinion the idea of collegiate athletes being paid is amazing considering where they have come from in the past. For example, having very low budgets, not being truly recognized for their efforts, and much more. I relate a lot to this topic because I am a division 1 student athlete and I understand the rigorous days and nights that athletes have to endure to not only perform for their schools, coaches, and themselves, but also for the multitude of fans that enjoy watching them compete at this high level. I understand that the NCAA doesn’t want athletes to be able to gamble and maintain money illegally, however, I feel if that if this organization can profit of if athletes they should gain some money in return. Collegiate athletes are preparing for hopefully be pros one day, therefore, should be allowed to be treated as such in this way.

    The mere fact that the NCAA as a whole had made $14 billion last year and was unable to reward athletes with even a small sum is absolutely mind-blowing. When this money has gained by the organization, they should have at least a discussion about how to reward the athletes in various ways, so that they feel like they are not just risking their bodies every day without notice. Do not get me wrong, the fact that we as athletes receive scholarships that take the stress off of our parents for having to pay for an education and getting compensation checks is wonderful, but we are still playing at a very high level with lots of media attention. There are people scrutinizing our every move. California is taking a step in the right direction, and hopefully other states follow their footsteps in the near future.

  9. cameron santers February 8, 2020 at 4:37 pm #

    California is finally creating a change that is needed. Since the early 1950s, the NCAA has been the powerhouse of college sports with one main core value, which is amateurism. The NCAA can suspend or make an athlete ineligible before even stepping foot onto a college campus their freshman year. To me, this is ridiculous. I am currently taking a course on the NCAA and one statistic that stood out to me the most, which was also mentioned in this article: “the college sports industry swelled into a behemoth that generated at least $14 billion last year, and as athletes faced mounting demands on their bodies and schedules.” Where is all this money going? That is the real question. College athletes are the ones that are generating this money, as fans will pay for season tickets or just tickets to watch the game. College athletes are doing all the work and they get nothing in return besides possible a scholarship. Also, as mentioned, playing college sports takes up a lot of time from meetings, lifting sessions, practices, games, travel time; and on top of all of that they are expected to succeed with their academics as well. These athletes don’t really have time for a job or a source to make money. I have first-hand experience with this as I am a Division I college athlete. I may be biased but I do think college athletes should receive more benefits and should be able to promote themselves for all their hard work. I think a change is long overdue and “although the law applies only to California, it sets up the possibility that leaders in college sports will eventually have to choose between changing the rules for athletes nationwide or barring some of America’s sports powerhouses from competition.”

    Although this may be a major step for college sports, I am aware of many programs that do give their college athletes benefits. For example, I am friends with a Rutgers Football Player and he gets a certain amount of money for food and necessities every week. I am sure there are other schools that do this as well but I do understand that these are the biggest programs in college sports and have the ability to budget for this money for all the athletes. The NCAA has given athletes the opportunity to continue their athletic careers into college but have hindered to due to their rules and regulations, but I believe it is a time for change. As Hayley Hudson mentioned in this article, “only a fraction of college athletes eventually turn professional, and for the rest, college is the only time they have to profit off their hard-earned athletic successes.” I think this important to think about going back to the amount of money made in the industry. I think the most important thing is that college athletes are not only getting paid, but have the ability to market their name or they have the opportunity to be like every other student and make a monetized YouTube channel. If this law gets passed in California, college sports will be a whole new ball game.

  10. Eli Garay February 14, 2020 at 3:41 pm #

    Ever since I found out about Gavin Newsome signing into law the ability for NCAA athletes to find some form of compensation, I was angry. While this will be to the major benefit for college athletes, this is something that only widens the gap between your average college student and your college athlete. College athletes get to earn their degree for free, so long as they play their sport in college. While they get to play a sport and get a free degree, most college students have to rack up a significant amount of debt stemming from student loans. The idea that they deserve to be compensated beyond being allowed to earn their degree for free, while also experiencing much more academic leniency as many coaches negotiate with professors to keep their players from being stripped of their privilege to play, is more than enough. The author makes the point that “only a fraction of college athletes turn professional, and college is the only time college athletes can profit off of their hard earned athletic successes.” The idea that a free degree is not enough baffles me. While yes, the chances of becoming professional are slim, even if you do not become a professional you will have a degree and no student debt by the time you graduate, and are free of worrying about paying off that debt for the next 10 to 20 years. Payment plus the ability to earn a degree for free is completely unfair to the majority of students who have to take out loans to earn their degree. If most of us had the opportunity to earn a degree for thriving at something, we would be happy with just that. These athletes are beginning to ask for too much and becoming greedy, because they already are able to have the opportunities all of your average college students would want. It feels as almost they are rubbing in the fact that they are considered to be better than your average college students, and that is why they do not get paid to begin with. Opening up this idea is going to make a lot of your students who do not have full scholarships or scholarships at all very angry.

  11. Frank Christiano February 14, 2020 at 6:32 pm #

    This topic in sports is maybe known as one of the most talked about topic, especially for NCAA and the schools who are associated with it. For years now, people have been talking about if college athletes should be paid. Many people feel very differently, some people agree and some people disagree. There’s very good arguments to both sides of this topic. The big argument that make people believe that college athletes should be paid is because of the amount of money these athletes make for their schools and for the NCAA. Some people also feel as if these players are viewed as superstars, not just every day college athletes. On the other side of the argument, people feel as if these college athletes should not be paid because they view the NCAA as high school sports but just on a bigger stage. Another big argument is how some schools who are smaller such as small private division 1 NCAA schools should not have their athletes be paid due to the lack of money that comes through the school from their sports teams.
    Personally, I feel as if athletes who are playing for schools who make a certain amount of money through the specific sport should be getting paid. For instance, athletes on college football teams such as LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, Clemson, Ohio State, etc. should be making money from the amount of money they make for their school from playing football. The amount of time and effort these athletes put in to represent their university’s is incredible especially when certain athletes for certain school have a full course load.
    The new law of College athletes getting paid in California has just recently passed and many people feel differently about it. With this new law, players of the NCAA that go to university in California are now legally allowed to be paid for playing. I think this is a big step into every state making a law in which their college athletes can be paid. Some states are already in the process of attempting to pass these laws. I feel as I this law could be passed for every state, but only to certain universities who make a certain amount from their sports teams.

  12. John LaFrance February 14, 2020 at 7:45 pm #

    Being a sports fan for many years now, I have always been aware of the large rule book of the NCAA and the restrictions it puts on the top student athletes. A few summers ago, my basketball coach ran a summer league team for professional and amateur players. He had two Quinnipiac University players on the team and asked my family and I to take them back to campus after one of the games. We wanted to treat them to dinner since, as college kids they are probably eating at the cafeteria most of the time. However, they refused saying that it might violate some of the rules of the NCAA about players taking gifts. We were forced to take them to McDonald’s as we would not be spending, or “gifting,” too much money. I believe there are problems with the rules of the NCAA that must be addressed before we discuss paying these athletes.
    Personally, I believe the bill passed in California is both good and bad. I believe it is only right that the NCAA allows these athletes to profit off of their name and the sale of their jerseys. However, I do not believe they should receive pay or compensation just for playing for the school. While it is true that their talent brings in millions for these colleges, it is my belief that a full scholarship to the university is compensation enough. Alan Blinder’s article gives a quote from a California Senator: “People are just so aware of the fact that you’ve got a multibillion-dollar industry that — let’s set aside scholarships — basically denies compensation to the very talent, the very work that produces that revenue.” Why should we “set aside scholarships”? In no way are these athletes denied compensation when they receive a completely free education from some of the nation’s top schools. Tuition at some of these universities can reach over $70,000 a year, totaling over $250,000 over four years. That is an incredible amount of money that leaves many non-athlete students crippled by debt for years after their college days. In the article, Hayley Hodson makes the argument that for the athletes who do not enter the world of professional sports, “college is the only time they have to profit off their hard-earned athletic successes.” Is getting a free education and possibly a great job after college from going to a highly prestigious school not a result of that hard-earned athletic success?
    I believe it is only fair that these athletes are able to profit off of the use of their name, however to give them a salary for playing would be problematic. Would that be too much of a leg-up on the rest of the students at the university? How much would players for sports that aren’t as popular as basketball and football make? Would the pay be based on talent? I believe there are too many difficult questions to address about this subject. As I mentioned previously, the NCAA has many other rules and regulations that are damaging to these athletes’ lives that must be addressed. The fact that they are not allowed to be treated to dinner is absurd. I believe we need to put more emphasis on how the NCAA limits the daily lives of their players, rather than giving them compensation just for playing.

  13. Trevor Olivas February 14, 2020 at 7:56 pm #

    One of the biggest debate topics related to the sports industry is whether collegiate athletes should be able to be paid. Athletes in college sports are usually competing under scholarship for the university they chose. The main point of debate within this argument is whether the scholarship money they receive, along with the other hidden benefits they receive from the programs, is enough payment or if student-athletes should be able to be further compensated for their performances. In the world of division one sports especially, the national powerhouse schools draw the attention of the top recruits from high school to advance their programs. Nationally ranked schools along with the NCAA produce large amounts of revenue from marketing, advertising, and selling goods related to the sports of the university. To many critics of the NCAA prohibiting players from profiting off their image and likeness, they believe that the NCAA is actively treating student-athletes unfairly. When a question like this comes down to the basis of fairness, the identification of what these student-athletes are already given the need to be taken into account. While they do have more pressure placed upon performance in order to reach the next level of their athletic careers, athletes are already given very good advantages to go to the university especially compared to average students. Full ride scholarships, fully compensated meal plans, and others provide them with more than one hundred thousand dollars in value that ordinary students are paying. But in addition to all the things that they are already given by the universities, they believe that they are entitled to more due to the amount of revenue generated by the popularity and marketing of collegiate sports.
    Since California has passed this legislation that would allow players to further profit off of their image and likeness, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has stated that they plan to begin the process of further letting these athletes profit off of their name, image, and likeness. Players will finally be allowed to hire agents, an action that in previous years was prohibited until the season ended and they decided whether to enter into potential drafts or stay in college. One of the biggest potential issues posed to the organization now is how they will enforce these changes into college sports as a whole as well as how title nine comes into effect. As of now, they are still coherently working toward identifying all potential issues that may arise and how to further address them. Issues included would be the identification of: opportunities on a collegiate and professional basis, differences between student-athletes and ordinary university students, and any potential restrictions placed upon what and how these athletes are generating income while simultaneously on potential full-ride scholarships.

  14. Tilman Pitcher February 14, 2020 at 8:24 pm #

    I am exclusively going to use this article as an opportunity to sound my opinions on this topic with no repercussions. Sue me.

    There are 3 points I want to hit on: 1) this specific law would screw up college sports, 2) players should not get paid more than they already do for athletics, 3) they should absolutely have the rights to their own likeness and the NCAA should in no way be able to step in and prevent them from using/profiting from it.

    Firstly, I’ll leave this as simple as I can. If California can make the NCAA pay college athletes in California, every big prospect will go to a California school and throw off the whole balance of the nation. Right now the only competitive advantage that colleges are allowed to offer is that they are good at sports/academics (assuming they care). Obviously a metric shit load of interference gets in the way of that and schools cheat all the time and its not a secret. But this law would change that dynamic forever and would make 3-4 big school have unstoppable amounts of talent.

    Secondly, the athletes that feel they deserve to be paid (aka, the most successful ones that earn a profit for the NCAA) often already are via scholarship. Being given full ride to Alabama for example as an out of state student is essentially getting paid 70,000$ a year, which is more than the majority of jobs in America. So I don’t wanna hear that they don’t get paid, because they do, it just goes immediately into their education.

    Finally, and most importantly to me, it is drastically unreasonable that NCAA players cannot make money off of their own likeness. I think its a disgusting money grab from the NCAA. To me there is no reason why Joe Burrow can’t sign a football for 50$ if he wants to. That is his name, his on field accomplishments, and his fan. Not a fan of the NCAA. A fan of Joe Burrow. He should be able to do whatever he wants in regards to his own literal existence. That is my version of fair.

  15. Alexander Silverstein February 14, 2020 at 8:56 pm #

    I was always curious why student athletes were never paid for playing college sports. Major Universities like University of Texas, University of Alabama, and UCLA make hundreds of millions of dollars each year off these athletes through ticket sales, jerseys, and other students wanting to attend these universities due to these programs being so popular. According to the New York Times, “Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to allow players to strike endorsement deals and hire agents.The new law, which is supposed to take effect in 2023, attacks the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s long-held philosophy that college athletes should earn a degree, not money, for playing sports”. Politically, signing this bill is very smart for Newsom, the first time governor. By signing a bill, which the majority of Californians and the whole country are in favor of, Newson will certainly increase his popularity. The article continues by stating, “And although the law applies only to California, it sets up the possibility that leaders in college sports will eventually have to choose between changing the rules for athletes nationwide or barring some of America’s sports powerhouses from competition”. It will be interesting whether or not, the NCAA decides to abide by this new law in California or keep doing what it has been doing forever, allowing universities that are members of the NCAA to make as much money as possible, while the student athletes get nothing.

    Last year, Zion Williamson, a freshman sensation on the Duke basketball team, became a nationwide icon while playing at Duke. The University benefited tremendously with millions of dollars worth of tv deals, jerseys, ticket sales and free media to the University. Williamson should have been paid a portion because without him, Duke would have made significantly less. Also, what if players like Williamson, who are definite future professional athletes injure themselves while playing in the NCAA and lose millions of dollars, while never actually making any money.

    The NCAA needs to realize without student athletes, there would be no NCAA or college sports. Paying them a fraction would not hurt anyone, it would be benefiting those who keep college sports alive.

  16. Mihail E February 15, 2020 at 8:47 am #

    When deciding to pick which article to read, this one really stood out to me. As a collegiate athlete myself, this article hit home. The ongoing issue with whether the NCAA should pay their athletes has been a long and ongoing issue. In my opinion, student athletes should be paid. They give up their time and also have to focus on school full time as well. The day to day life of a collegiate athlete is a stressful one. Whether it be the 6 AM practices to the long hours at school, college athletes have little to no time to even work. Therefore, I believe that they should be paid for what they bring to their respective schools. Not only do many of them give their time over, but many are on athletic scholarships as well. Although their schools may be paying for their education, the students, myself included do not have enough time to work, study, and play in a fair balance. To compensate, the NCAA should pay their athletes for this sacrifice they are committing to. Not only that, but the schools also use their likeness for promos and events. The athletes are seen as “property” to their schools, so they should also be compensated for that as well. If California passes this law, it will set a precedent for others to follow. The end goal is to have no restriction of a player’s likeness and freely profit how they see fit.

  17. Pablo G. March 7, 2020 at 12:29 pm #

    As an athlete, I believe that all athletes should have the right to earn the money that we are worth. Athletes should be compensated because we strive daily and spend countless hours to be successful in our sport. If we have reached such a point where we are competing at a high level and approaching the professional level, why shouldn’t we get paid?

    Players can get injured during their time in college and that can cause them to lose a lot of money because if a player get injured he probably won’t go to the professional league in the future and he won’t sign any contract. Also, it makes no sense that a player is not paid but, the university invests that money in indirect benefits and, especially, the huge salary of the head coach. It is a system where pay players is illegal and the way universities have to compete for talent is to pay coaches more and more to recruit good talent.

    This creates imbalance because programs with more money will get the best coaches and the best players. In addition, the money that universities should use in players, they invest it instead in facilities and coaches. While in the professional leagues the growth of the income goes, to a large extent, to the players, while in college, programs multiply their value without paying anything to their players, who are the ones that win games and give prestige to the universities.

  18. SergioA March 8, 2020 at 6:55 pm #

    There are many cases of student-athletes who, after their university years, sign big contracts with professional teams in their respective sports. So, if in college he already had a professional level and behaved like one, why not pay him? In certain cases, student-athletes are even more mafia-like than professional athletes. The most recent case is that of Zion Williamson, number one in the last draft. The expectation that Zion generated in college and the number of people that went to see his games during his time at Duke, was much greater than that generated by NBA players. This is a topic I like to discuss. As an athlete, I think that depending on what they generate and what is agreed between both parties, athletes should be paid by their universities. I also think they should make money, or at least have the right to try, using their name. Student-athletes spend a lot of time in their sports, representing their university and making it more prestigious, which means that more people want to study at those universities and therefore, more money for the university. Like most things in life, this is a business. Celebrities like Jay-Z, Beyonce or even Barack Obama, have been spotted watching Zion’s games. Many people think that for athletes who have full scholarships like Zion it’s enough, since the university is paying for his studies but, if we compare the amount of money that Zion has generated for Duke, it’s fair that Zion hasn’t charged a single dollar during his college stay? Therefore, I think that although not all athletes generate the same expectation or money for their investments, I think some student-athletes have raised the prestige of universities thanks to their high performance in college. This means that thanks to these people, many others have chosen to attend that specific university, generating more money for the university.

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