Gov. Newsom signs 'Fair Pay to Play Act'

The law allows college athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness. Action News Now reporter Amy Lanski showed us what this law could mean for athletes in the North State and the NCAA's ban on the practice.

Posted: Oct 1, 2019 10:01 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The 'Fair Pay to Play Act' allows college athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness. Action News Now reporter Amy Lanski showed us what this law could mean for athletes in the North State and the NCAA's ban on the practice.

Currently, the NCAA does not allow student athletes to profit in any way from their sports. With this bill, athletes will be able to sign endorsement deals and it prohibits the NCAA and the schools from banning those athletes.

The law also allows for students to have legal representation. Action News Now spoke to someone from the Cal State University Chancellor's Office who said they're going to follow the state laws but now they want to make sure they work with NCAA to make sure their students are eligible.

Action News Now spoke with a former student athlete, Eryk Thomas, who thinks it's going to be interesting to see how this law plays out.

"I don't think it should impact their eligibility as long as they aren't taking bribes or anything like that," Thomas said. "I am pretty sure since we do have a few years before that is in place, it is going to be trial and error. It is a new path that hasn't been done before."

The NCAA acknowledges the current regulations need to change but said the new law won't help. This new regulation is scheduled to start in 2023.

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