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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.

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