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NCAA Football News: California Looking to Pass Bill Allowing Student-Athletes to Profit Off Name and Likeness

The ability to allow collegiate players to profit off their name and likeness has been debated for quite some time now, and now the state of California may be looking to make it legal.

NCAA and California

Back in March, U.S. House Representative Mark Walker (R-NC) proposed a bill that would amend the tax code to allow student-athletes to profit off of their name and likeness. The state of California, meanwhile, is not looking to wait for the House of Representatives to debate and pass his bill. A bill has been proposed in the state to allow California student-athletes to receive compensation for the use of their own image, name and likeness starting in 2023.

This bill was passed last month by the state Senate by a 31-4 vote, and the bill will be debated in a hearing on Tuesday in front of the California’s Assembly’s Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee.

If the bill is approved after that, it will then move to the state’s Higher Education Committee. The committee will then have until July 11 to approve it in order to keep the legislation alive for the remainder of the year.

While the bill sounds like good news for student-athletes and for fans of the NCAA Football and Basketball franchises, not everyone approved of this move, namely NCAA President Mark Emmert. Emmert, in a letter to the chairs of the two State Assembly committees, wrote that if this bill is passed, then California schools may be prohibited from postseason play for violating NCAA rules.

In the letter, Emmert also asked the committees to postpone any debates of the bill while the NCAA goes over the matter. As we have reported in the past, the NCAA launched a “working group” designed to look at this issue, and the group is expected to issue its final report in October.

What does this mean for NCAA Football and Basketball?

While this bill would be a step forward, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the NCAA will allow players to profit off of their name. The reason being is while the state of California may look to make this legal, it still does not change the NCAA’s rules and position on this issue since college players are still bound to their rules.

While pressure on the state and federal level may eventually force the NCAA’s hand on this, we will get a better sense of where we are once the NCAA’s working group issues its report on the matter. If the members of the committee, many of whom are college presidents and league commissioners, recommend that players should be allowed to receive compensation, then that could be the deciding factor.


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Paul Barlow
2 years ago

Please let 2k make the games if they allow them to come back!

Phil Monday
2 years ago

Can’t wait to play this on my PS7

Keaton Holt
2 years ago

The president of the NCAA is against it but you’d think he’d be a proponent for it. It’s good for the students and it’s good for the game of football as a whole. I used to get so hyped for the new NCAA games and it turned me on to teams and players that I never would’ve been into if it wasn’t for the game. I went from only watching one team to wanting to know all about teams and players from all over the country. That’s good business and that’s what the NCAA is at the end of the day, a business. And if the issue really is paying the students directly, why not take the money and put it towards their tuition? Most student athletes aren’t getting a full ride scholarship and are still going to come out of school with a hefty amount of student loan debt. Take the money and use it for their tuition and board as a way of saying thank you for helping us (the NCAA) profit off of you.

Craig Young
2 years ago

Nice distraction now back to ncaa 14

Kurt Jerome Jr.
2 years ago

Welp

Derek Colunga
2 years ago

Keith Lakey….it’s coming back!

Keith Lakey
2 years ago
Reply to  Derek Colunga

Derek Colunga I’ll believe it when I see it

Derek Colunga
2 years ago
Reply to  Derek Colunga

Keith you won’t be ready either way lol

Keith Lakey
2 years ago
Reply to  Derek Colunga

Derek Colunga ?

Coty Wallace
2 years ago

Darin Durkee

Coty Wallace
2 years ago
Reply to  Coty Wallace

They’re gonna just bypass the NCAA ?

Darin Durkee
2 years ago
Reply to  Coty Wallace

they should they aren’t a real governing body

Coty Wallace
2 years ago
Reply to  Coty Wallace

I’ve wondered why some of the bigger schools don’t break away if there were enough to do it. They’d immediately be better recruiting

Darin Durkee
2 years ago
Reply to  Coty Wallace

the conferences should rise up and branch away

Bailey Pence
2 years ago

Clay Torbett

Tódd Johnsön
2 years ago

…. but does the makers of the game WANT to pay players is the question. A bill passing means absolutely nothing to the producers

Joseph Batten
2 years ago
Reply to  Tódd Johnsön

Tódd Johnsön why wouldn’t they?? They pay all Madden player an coaches.

Tódd Johnsön
2 years ago
Reply to  Tódd Johnsön

Joseph if they wanted to they would have done it already

Andrew Rodriguez
2 years ago

Manuel Iniguez Ivan Rodriguez

Manuel Iniguez
2 years ago

Andrew Rodriguez that probably means it won’t comeback

Andrew Rodriguez
2 years ago

Now I’m sad

Andrew Rodriguez
2 years ago