Nick Saban's reaction to the Fair Pay to Play Act: None


The NCAA is on the clock, and with other states looking to join the likes of California, the days of student-athletes not receiving fair compensation could be coming to a close. As a college student sports writer during this time, I vividly remember the debates surrounding Proposition 48, which raised admission requirements for athletes attending Division I institutions. "This bill would help to balance the scales by allowing them to sign endorsements, earn compensation, and hire agents to represent their interests in exchange for the work they do, and the benefit provided to the college".

Engelbert sympathizes with both sides of this issue, however, she believes "the jury is still out on whether this is the right move".

The long-held belief of the National Collegiate Athletic Association has been that student athletes should pursue a degree and not money for playing a sport with their university.

Ted Ginn Sr. of Ted Ginn Academy, whose son played college ball and now plays for the New Orleans Saints, says he worries about the maturity level of student-athletes and the potential to lose focus.

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.

"We are troubled by the potential unintended consequences SB 206 may have on California schools, including any that may put our student-athletes, their teammates, and their athletic programs at risk of losing educational and competitive opportunities, such as scholarships and post-season play, because state law would be in conflict with current NCAA bylaws", the University of California Office of the President said in a statement. That holds true in nearly every walk of life - except for college sports.

Batista says other states are considering similar rules. Florida, Washington, and Colorado are also in talks of proposing legislation, and several federal lawmakers and presidential candidates announcing their support as well.

As Newsom then notes, not once did they mention the needs of the student-athletes. Ramogi is the executive director of the Nationals College Players Association. "I think decisions will start happening immediately". However, Senator Parker says larger colleges and universities throughout New York State will be just fine contributing to their athletes. That money gets distributed to pretty much everyone, except the athletes that people are actually paying to watch.

Chris Welch (D-7th District) introduced HB 3904, which would allow college athletes to earn money for their "name, image, and likeness".

Sweeney says that after graduating he wanted to maintain his privacy, but there were a number of businesses that asked him to come out and endorse their product.

Parker's bill still has to be approved in Albany, and the NCAA is expected to challenge the California law in court.

House Majority Leader Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, who was a defensive tackle at Brigham Young University, said he sees the merit in letting athletes get paid.

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.



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