California Passes a Bill to Compensate Collegiate Football Players

By: Jared Karten (Correspondent)

Within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), California lawmakers have passed a bill that allows players to be compensated for their name, image, and likeability.

The NCAA annual report estimates $1 billion in profits each year. None of the money goes directly to the players who are risking their professional careers every day.

Ellen Staurowsky, a professor of sports management at Drexel University, says the college sports system needs improvement. “The magnitude of support from the California Legislature reflects the growing understanding that the college sports system is broken in its present form,” Staurowsky said.

“The NCAA had decade after decades of opportunity to fashion a business model, a college sports business model, that is appropriate for the 21st Century and at every turn, they’ve failed to do so,” Staurowsky added.

Senior Jeffrey Gerson says that many athletes go to college but they don’t get to live out their dream of becoming a professional athlete. “You see millions of dollars immediately taken away from them. Take Christian Mccaffrey for example; if he had gotten injured in college, he would not have been able to make millions of dollars in the NFL. If he had been getting paid, he would’ve at least had some money to go off,” Gerson said.

senior Aaron Karten says Greg Oden is a great example. “He came out of Ohio State as a top-ranked prospect. Everyone thought he was going to be the next big thing, but he hurt his knee his rookie season” said Karten.

There are concerns surrounding the fact that California is the only state in the United States where all of the “five-star” athletes will commit. 

Senior Daniel Kravets says there will probably be a big conflict with the recruitment process. “If California is the only state who is paying college athletes, schools in California will get the best athletes in the country,” Kravets said.

“While I believe college athletes should get paid, I don’t think it’s necessarily fair to have just one state have collegiate athletes be paid,” added Kravets.

Senior Johnny Saab says that if California is the only state to make this change, it will be unfair. “I think that once California starts doing this, it will turn into a bigger thing where multiple states are paying their college athletes. I think once more states start paying their athletes, it will eventually turn into the whole country and then hopefully the whole NCAA,” Saab said.

With collegiate football players in California being compensated for their play, we might see something revolutionary happen in the future. However, student-athletes will not be eligible to receive compensation for their play, image, and likeness until January 1, 2023.

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