Because of regulations set out by the National Collegiate Athletic Assn (NCAA), college athletes can’t sign endorsement deals or get agents -- however, a California bill currently moving through the legislature might change that.
Senate Bill 206 would allow college athletes to make money off their “name, image, or likeness.” Proponents argue that coaches and colleges already make a hefty profit off student athletes and that it’s unfair for these athletes, who dedicate so much of their time to sport, to be unable to profit off their talents.
But critics, including Stanford University and the University of California, have expressed concerns that the bill might restrict California teams from participating in NCAA championship tournaments.
We discuss the pros and cons of the bill. Plus, if you were or are currently a student athlete, what do you think of the proposal?
We reached out to the NCAA. They did not respond to our request for an interview
Alex Graves, vice president for government relations for the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), membership organization of 84 non-profit colleges and universities in California