The California State Assembly on Monday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would allow college athletes to more easily make money off their own name, image and likeness, beginning Jan. 1, 2023.
The vote — initially posted as 66-0, but later shown as 72-0 with 7 not voting — all but assures that the measure will go to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).
Because the bill was amended after it had passed the State Senate, it will have to return there for a concurrence vote that could come as early as Tuesday, according to the office of Sen. Nancy Skinner, the bill’s sponsor. However, the Senate approved its version of the bill by a 31-5 margin, and the bill’s basic intent remains unchanged.
If the legislation reaches Newsom’s desk, he will have 30 days to sign it or veto it. If he takes no action, the bill becomes law.
Yeah, that’s going well.
I’m not sure a veto would do much good, given those majorities. Bipartisan majorities.
Even Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), who expressed concern about the bill’s potential impact on schools in smaller markets like Fresno State, said: “I hope the NCAA will come to its senses” in its handling of athletes’ name, image and likeness.
But how can that be? I mean, Mark’s been so reasonable about the NCAA’s good faith on the subject.
Emmert asked the state politicians to give the NCAA more time to consider making changes to the way it treats the name, image and likeness rights of student-athletes. The organization formed a working group to study potential modifications to its current rules. That group is scheduled to report its findings to the NCAA’s board of governors at some time in October.
Skinner and others have argued that the NCAA has had plenty of time to reconsider its policies during the past decade amid a series of civil lawsuits dealing with similar issues. Skinner also noted that the NCAA hasn’t acted since a commission headlined by Condoleezza Rice suggested last year that college athletes should be able to receive endorsement money.
“That was a commission that they themselves initiated,” Skinner said. “I’d say, yeah, they probably need legislative pressure.”
If this is the best lobbying effort the NCAA can put forth, I can’t wait to see how Congress reacts to its request for an antitrust exemption.