TFW things aren’t moving fast enough to suit you

The first California law on compensation for college athletes’ NIL rights hasn’t even gone into effect yet, and there’s a new bill being offered already.  It’s totally bonkers.

Say hello to AB-609 — “The College Athlete Race and Gender Equity Act.”

It’s not merely groundbreaking. It prevents breaking ground, literally.

The bill requires California universities to pay football and men’s basketball players tens of millions of dollars in royalties for the use of their name, image and likeness.

One of the stipulations in AB-609 would bar universities from building athletic facilities (locker rooms, weight rooms, arenas, etc.) just to keep up with their peers.

Another stipulation would force universities to suspend athletic directors for three years if their departments fall out of compliance with Title IX.

Overall, AB-609 is a whopper — progressive to the point of radical, punitive to the point of debilitating and, in sections, deeply confusing.

And yes: It requires name, image and likeness payments from schools to athletes even though the NCAA has already approved NIL compensation for athletes from the private sector. (Implementation is awaiting oversight from Congress.)

“The bill is saying that NIL isn’t enough just going through the private industry,” said a source who has read AB-609, “so the schools that exceed the benchmarks cited in there would have to give that money back.”

To give you an idea of how off the wall this really is…

The ‘Fair Pay To Play’ law that takes effect in California in 2022 (if not sooner) doesn’t allow schools to compensate athletes directly for NIL. Instead, it prevents schools from interfering in payments to athletes from the private sector.

“That’s designed to keep the schools out of it,’’ the source said.

Nothing says progress like overriding landmark legislation.

Believe it or not, this is probably too much for California.  But it’s a good example of the risk the NCAA is taking by stalling on athlete compensation.  There’s always somebody more stubborn than you, Emmert.

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Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

34 responses to “TFW things aren’t moving fast enough to suit you

  1. rigger92

    TFW committees decide “hey, let’s do this, seems right, all the other government bodies are doing whatever they want”.

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  2. ASEF

    Legislation as trolling. Nice.

    We see this in the media, where outlets compete to see who can come up with the purest form of a media take, right or left.

    I hate the NCAA!

    Yeah? I hate them more!

    Oh yeah? No one hates them more than me!

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  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    Well, anything worth doing
    Is worth over doing

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Ralph Freeman

    I wonder if our home and homes with UCLA will be cupcake games by the time we get there.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. 69Dawg

    If this were to pass I think there would be no more California teams in the Pac 12, they would drop football, except for USC which would just pay them above the table for a change.

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    • Bulldawg Bill

      My compliments on your comment in the “Manball” thread today(2/22). I can see it now in lights…”JT and the Runnin’ B’s”!!! it’ll be a hit! The thread got shut down before I could comment.

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  6. Ozam

    College sports as we currently know them are on the endangered list.

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  7. NotMyCrossToBear

    “Overall, AB-609 is a whopper — progressive to the point of radical, punitive to the point of debilitating and, in sections, deeply confusing.”

    California never disappoints.

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  8. Beautiful state run by clowns.

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  9. junkyardawg41

    “But it’s a good example of the risk the NCAA is taking by stalling on athlete compensation.” I don’t disagree… I also think it is a window into what could eventually be. The notion that NIL saves CFB/CBB/NCAA from itself is noble but this bill tees up the realization that it is only a stepping stone to something else.

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  10. Emmert is going to kill the goose that laid the golden egg in the name of trying to protect the goose that laid the golden egg.

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  11. Ozam

    Emmert isn’t going to kill anything. He is simply a highly paid figurehead for the Universities. The NCAA is a sacrificial anode.

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  12. Biggen

    “One of the stipulations in AB-609 would bar universities from building athletic facilities (locker rooms, weight rooms, arenas, etc.) just to keep up with their peers”

    Huh? What is the litmus test that will determine the reason for building new facilities?

    California is such a joke. Can’t they just break away and do their own thing?

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  13. When you thought the NCAA couldn’t ever be seen in a sympathetic light on this issue, a California legislator has done exactly that.

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