SEVERE WX : Excessive Heat Warning View Alerts

NCAA to consider allowing athletes to profit from names, image and likeness

Article Image

The NCAA is going to start talking about the idea of updating its rules to compensate college athletes. However, the organization maintains it will not consi...

Posted: May 15, 2019 7:15 AM

The NCAA is going to start talking about the idea of updating its rules to compensate college athletes. However, the organization maintains it will not consider any concepts that could be construed as payment for participation in college sports.

On Tuesday, the NCAA announced that president Mark Emmert and the board of governors have formed a working group to examine issues related to athletes' names, image and likeness.

The group will be made up of member representatives from all three NCAA divisions and will be led by Big East commissioner Val Ackerman and Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith.

"This group will bring together diverse opinions from the membership -- from presidents and commissioners to student-athletes -- that will examine the NCAA's position on name, image and likeness benefits and potentially propose rule modifications tethered to education," Ackerman said in a statement.

"We believe the time is right for these discussions and look forward to a thorough assessment of the many complexities involved in this area."

READ: New Orleans Pelicans win the NBA draft lottery -- and likely the Zion Williamson sweepstakes

READ: 'We all have Hoop Dreams' -- Bittersweet tale of first 'reality TV show'

A final report will be turned in to the NCAA board of governors in October.

"While the formation of this group is an important step to confirming what we believe as an association, the group's work will not result in paying students as employees," Smith said in a statement. "That structure is contrary to the NCAA's educational mission and will not be a part of this discussion."

The NCAA's amateurism rules have been tested in recent years. Notably, former UCLA men's basketball player Ed O'Bannon challenged the NCAA in 2009 for the opportunity for athletes to be paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses.

In 2014, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken sided with O'Bannon, ruling that the NCAA could set a cap on the money paid to athletes, as long as it allows at least $5,000 per athlete per year. However, that part of the decision later was overturned on appeal.

Currently, college athletes cannot earn money for autographs, which has gotten some in trouble in the past. Todd Gurley, for example, was suspended for receiving money for autographs in 2014 when he was with the University of Georgia.

Johnny Manziel, then at Texas A&M, was suspended for the first half of a game against Rice in 2013 for what was called an "inadvertent violation regarding the signing of certain autographs."

In March, Rep. Mark Walker, a Republican from North Carolina, announced the Student-Athlete Equity Act, legislation which would amend the definition of a qualified amateur sports organization in the tax code to remove the restriction on student-athletes using or being compensated for use of their name, image and likeness.

The NCAA's press release Tuesday said the group was created "to examine issues highlighted in recently proposed federal and state legislation."

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 94020

Reported Deaths: 3754
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles450172106
San Diego6559249
Riverside6464290
Orange5336131
San Bernardino4365176
Alameda284793
Santa Clara2617139
San Francisco236740
San Mateo183376
Kern182429
Tulare164175
Santa Barbara155112
Fresno144822
Contra Costa132136
Sacramento129356
Imperial114523
Ventura91230
San Joaquin75233
Stanislaus62928
Kings5172
Sonoma4824
Solano45520
Monterey3958
Marin38814
San Luis Obispo2581
Merced2516
Santa Cruz1922
Yolo19022
Placer1849
Napa1013
Humboldt932
Madera842
El Dorado740
San Benito702
Nevada411
Sutter402
Shasta364
Butte340
Mono341
Yuba281
Del Norte230
Mendocino210
Inyo191
Mariposa151
Calaveras130
Lake120
Glenn120
Amador100
Siskiyou61
Colusa50
Plumas40
Tuolumne30
Tehama31
Alpine20
Lassen20
Trinity10
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 66°
Oroville
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 71°
Paradise
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 66°
Chester
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 46°
Red Bluff
Clear
70° wxIcon
Hi: 93° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 70°
Willows
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 66°
Today will be a fantastic day to get outside but this weekend we warm up rapidly with several triple digits days in a row next week.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events