College Athletes Getting Paid in California

Calvin Schapira

California is in the process of passing a bill that would allow college athletes to profit from their public image and endorsements.

The argument has been going on for years whether student-athletes should be paid or not. But no action has been taken until now.

If the Governor signs off on this bill, it will be the first of its kind. While other states have been rumored to do the same as California, this is the first action taken against the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Los Angeles Times broke the news, and it went viral on social media. Many newspapers, athletes, and others involved in the bill have come out publicly with their opinions about both sides. Most notably, Lebron James of the LA Lakers tweeted his approval of the bill calling it a “GAME CHANGER.”

This bill could mean a lot for the future of college sports as a whole, but its passing is not a sure thing. This bill comes with many unanswered questions.

What if some states choose not to pass the bill? That would mean all student-athletes won’t be treated equally. How do you distribute payments among teammates, different sports, and different events? How is the likeness and popularity of a student-athlete determined? Will the passing of the bill take away from the “college experience” and the opportunity for these kids to be kids and enjoy college? Or will it be all about money? What if student-athletes are so focused on the money, they stop going to school, and academics isn’t a priority anymore?

There are many questions, all of which need to be answered to make sure this bill is foolproof, and the future of college sports is not in danger.