The state of California advanced a bill Tuesday that would potentially allow NCAA athletes to make money on their name and likeness, while also giving them privileges similar to Olympic athletes.
The Fair Pay to Play Act was introduced in February by senators Nancy Skinner and Steven Bradford, according to an ESPN report. It has gained enough support to pass through the state Assembly by a 9-0 vote, allowing it to move forward.
The goal of the bill is to prevent college athletes from losing their scholarships or eligibility for making money on their name. Another stipulation is to allow NCAA athletes to hire an agent or a lawyer to assist in business deals like Olympic athletes can.
The NCAA has expressed concern with the bill, and ESPN reported that president Mark Emmert has asked to delay the vote. Emmert's letter indicated that California schools could be prohibited from participating in NCAA-championship events if the bill passes.
"I don't take too fondly to threats to the state of California regardless of where they come from," state Assembly Committee on Higher Education chairman Jose Medina told ESPN.
The potential California law would not go into effect until January 2023.
--Field Level Media