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College athletes could be paid under new California law; Should La. jump on board?

2 weeks 19 hours 25 minutes ago Monday, September 30 2019 Sep 30, 2019 September 30, 2019 10:08 PM September 30, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, CA - California will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements, defying the NCAA and setting up a likely legal challenge that could reshape U.S. amateur sports.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday he has signed a law allowing athletes at California universities make money from their images, names or likenesses. The law also bans schools from kicking athletes off the team if they get paid.

California is the first state to pass such a law. However, it's now bringing up the question: Should Louisiana hop on board?

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow supports the issue.

"That's the only fair way to do it," Burrow said. "They're selling my jersey and I'm not seeing any of that. But that's the law right now."

The California law takes effect on January 1, 2023. It does not apply to community colleges and bans athletes from accepting endorsement deals conflicting with their schools' existing contracts.

The NCAA Board of Governors had asked Newsom to veto the bill, saying it "would erase the critical distinction between college and professional athletes."

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