CA Governor Newsome Signs Fair Pay to Play bill into law, allows college athletes to be paid
Fair Play: Newsome "This is a change for the better"
Governor Gavin Newsome has signed SB 206, also known as the Fair Pay to Play Act, into law Monday. The law goes into effect in 2023, and would allow college athletes to hire agents, be compensated from their name, image and likeness, and sign all types of endorsement deals.
NCAA issued a statement on Gov. Newsom signing SB 206:
"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. Unfortunately, this new law already is creating confusion for current and future student-athletes, coaches, administrators and campuses, and not just in California.
We will consider next steps in California while our members move forward with ongoing efforts to make adjustments to NCAA name, image and likeness rules that are both realistic in modern society and tied to higher education.
As more states consider their own specific legislation related to this topic, it is clear that a patchwork of different laws from different states will make unattainable the goal of providing a fair and level playing field for 1,100 campuses and nearly half a million student-athletes nationwide."