California Defies NCAA and Will Allow College Athletes To Be Paid

At 10 o’clock on Monday morning, news broke that California’s governor made history by passing a law that will allow college athletes to be paid for their likeness and allow them the right to sign agents. This new law is against all established rules set by the NCAA and marks one of the first times a state has stood its ground for their players.

This new bill is not set to go into effect until 2023, but its importance has not been lost in the here and now. California has taken the first the leap to toppling the NCAA monopoly on college athletics. The NCAA has warned California that it will be in violation of almost all its major rules about compensation. This could have huge ramifications in California schools, as If they are found to be in contempt of NCAA amateurism rules, California schools could be kicked out of the NCAA. That would mean schools like LSU, UCLA, and USC won’t be able to compete in the biggest college championship games anymore.

California is taking a huge risk by stepping up on their own to defy the NCAA, but they could be the first of many. There have been rumblings in many states like New York, Washington, Colorado, and Florida that they are preparing legislation that follows in California’s footsteps. If the NCAA loses some of its biggest states more will follow sut and they will have to start facing the music that their outdated and overbearing policies will have to change.

There are many people out there that are still skeptical if this first step will change anything in the NCAA. Many people see the NCAA as a behemoth that could be almost too big to fail. However, this is the biggest attempt anybody has made to try and bring down the monopoly the NCAA has on college athletics. If it works the way Gov. Newsom has envisioned it, it could change the entire landscape of sports in America from high school to the pros. While we dont know what will happen yet the next few years will be pivotal if anything is going to change for better or for worse.


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