son exists to differentiate.”
— “Ensure rules are transparent, focused and enforceable and facilitate fair and balanced competition.”
— “Make clear the distinction between collegiate and professional opportunities.”
— “Make clear that compensation for athletics performance or
participation is impermissible.”
— “Reaffirm that student-athletes are students first and not employees of the university.”
— “Protect the recruiting environment and prohibit inducements to select, remain at, or transfer to a specific institution.”
With those principles in place, could any change the NCAA embraces be meaningful to the college athletes in football and men’s basketball who help to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars each year?
California’s law, which has spurred similar bills to be put forth, does not set any limits on what an athlete can receive from use of his name, image and likeness. Will Newsom and state legislators be open to compromise with the NCAA based on what it said Tuesday? Or will the NCAA have to go further in the future?
The NCAA said that its working committee on name, image and likeness use will “continue to gather feedback through April on how to best respond to the state and federal legislative environment and to refine its recommendations on the principles and regulatory framework. The board asked each division to create any new rules beginning immediately, but no later than January 2021.”
SB 206, as it currently stands, would not go into effect until January 2023.