California's Fair Pay To Play Act Could Upend College Football

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The action is huge for the future of collegiate athletics, and other states are reportedly starting inquiries into passing laws similar to that of California's.

On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast presented by Regions Bank, Andy Staples joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss the ramifications of the Fair Pay to Play Act. But those opportunities are now forbidden under NCAA rules. On September 30, 2019, the State of California made its position clear on the issue when Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 206, the Fair Pay to Play Act (the "Law"). This law changes that, at least in California for now, and Newsom coming on "The Shop" to officially sign the paper is a way to broadcast the news and a way for LeBron James and Maverick Carter to echo their UNINTERRUPTED slogan, "More Than An Athlete". Of all Fresno State's athletes, 75% earn scholarships, said Frank Bucher, senior associate athletics directors for the university. This bill will also allow student-athletes to hire sports agents, and not lose their scholarships if they receive income for their work.

"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 compass and almost half a million student-athletes nationwide". Newsom cited the amount of money that NCAA athletics as well as universities receiving money while student athletes receive none as being a rigged system.

The sports industry earned $14 billion previous year.

Although relatively few college athletes of either gender ever advance to professional competition, women's opportunities for going pro are particularly scant compared with men, leaving them little or no chance of cashing in on their talents during their prime, proponents said.

I wonder how much the meaning of an education has changed for some people. Gonzalez said he has examined the issue with his staff in the past, but their conversation "kicked into gear" after California passed its new law Monday. "We don't have them for money".

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"They need extra time to go to practice and all that, so I think the extra money would help them", said Brooklyn College student Kenley Stvil. Florida, Washington, and Colorado are also in talks of proposing legislation, and several federal lawmakers and presidential candidates announcing their support as well.

New Mexico wide receiver Jordan Kress (9) rushes to the end zone to score a touchdown ahead of New Mexico State defensive back Shamad Lomax (22) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 in Albuquerque, N.M. New Mexico won 55-52. "A lot of athletes I know don't think about NCAA sports as this pure thing".

George, like numerous players in the league, is more than happy with the progressive stance the state took with regard to the fiscal situation.

California's law could give schools in that state a strong recruiting advantage, which would prompt other states to move quickly to catch up.

"There's more than enough for them to share", said New York State Senator Kevin Parker.

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