The NCAA Board of Governors is asking California Governor Gavin Newsom to say “no” to a legislation that would pay college athletes in California.
According to the Associated Press, the board does not want Newsom to sign the “Fair Pay to Play Act,” which would allow college athletes to be paid for the use of their names, likenesses and images. Board members say if the legislation is approved, California schools may be declared ineligible for NCAA competition, because they would have an unfair recruiting advantage. A couple of days ago, the California Assembly approved the measure. The state senate is expected to consider the measure later this week. The NCAA says the measure would affect more than 24,000 athletes in California. If the bill passes, Newsom would have 30 days to sign or veto it. If he does nothing, the bill will become a law.