And even if the "purity of amateurism" will be affected by this law, how is it fair for college and NCAA officials to decide what is best for student-athletes?
Paying college athletes may not be as good an idea as it may sound according to one pro sports commissioner.
Revenues for the NCAA, the governing organization of USA college athletics made up of over 1,000 schools, topped $1.1 billion in 2017. Also, the players will get a taste of the money that they will make if and when they become professional athletes. The NCAA has blocked athletes from capitalizing on these opportunities in the past, but as Newsom points out, this isn't exactly fair.
To Engelbert, this issue is largely "about a fan base, especially a student fan base", emphasizing smaller Division I school's reliance on these loyal fans.
One of the most attention-grabbing aspects of the new California law - a Congressman in OH recently announced plans to propose a federal law along the same lines - is the potential recruiting advantage it could provide universities and programs in states that follow California's lead.
Schlosser said there are questions of fairness that should take precedence over potential impacts on the culture of college sports.
"As a membership organization, the NCAA agrees changes are needed to continue to support student-athletes, but improvement needs to happen on a national level through the NCAA's rules-making process", the NCAA said in a statement Monday. 206 passed in the California Senate with a vote of 39-0, then passed in the state assembly with a vote of 72-0. Florida and Pennsylvania have proposed the bill as well.
The debate about student-athlete compensation is not new. Of all Fresno State's athletes, 75% earn scholarships, said Frank Bucher, senior associate athletics directors for the university.
"In principle, I believe college athletes should be able to make money off their name, image and likeness while playing for their schools".
"This measure is about equity and fairness to our college athletes, who have essentially been used to generate massive profits for their schools, without receiving a dollar in return", Welch said in a press release. "If they try to sue and threaten, I think they'll lose public opinion, and ultimately their moral authority will wane, as well as their formal authority, and the whole system will collapse." . Compensation would come from outside sources, such as payment received from endorsements.
If movements like these are successful, they may thwart the NCAA's ability to pressure states with threats to keep them from sanctioned games and tournaments. Now, these states are providing a way for these athletes to get the money that they deserve.
In the four years before implementation, the NCAA's committee on student endorsements would have to decide if the effects on fundraising, student time management and the decline of amateurship are enough to keep the national organization from coming to loggerheads with the state of California. And, what percentage of these students go on to earn huge amounts of money in professional sports?