From Sports and Entertainment Law Insider:
Recently, the California Senate voted (31-4) to pass the Fair Pay to Play Act to allow college athletes in the state to earn income from endorsements or sponsorships. The bill would protect college athletes in the state from losing eligibility for receiving such compensations.
“The California Senate has spoken loud and clear: Student-athletes should enjoy the same right as all other college students – to earn income from their talent,” California State Sen. Nancy Skinner, who introduced the bill, said in a statement.
The current NCAA rules prohibit college athletes from being paid for playing their sport and prohibits the athletes, in most cases, from being paid for use of their popularity as a college athlete. The NCAA believes it is important to maintain amateurism in college sports. However, under the current college rules, many student-athletes are living below the federal poverty line.
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