If there was a vote for California governor this week, the incumbent would surely receive the athlete vote.
Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that he had signed the “Fair Pay to Play Act”, which will allow college athletes in California to sign with agents and be paid for endorsements beginning in 2023.
The law is in direct opposition to the NCAA’s model of restricting athletes’ ability to profit off their own likenesses, and college sports’ organizing body campaigned hard against the bill.
The Bay Area’s two most outspoken former college athletes said their piece Monday after Newsom signed Senate Bill 206.
“Someone needs to force this dictatorship to change because that’s exactly what it is,” Draymond Green said of the NCAA at Warriors media day. “It’s no different than any country that’s ran by dictators. The NCAA is a dictatorship.”
Richard Sherman, who has made his views on money in college athletics known, raged harder against the college athletics system.
“I hope it destroys the NCAA in general because I think it’s corrupt and it’s a bunch of people taking advantage of kids, and doing it under a mask of ‘fair play,’” Sherman said. “Even the things they’re suspending these kids for are ridiculous. You’re suspending kids for YouTube channels and they’re saying, ‘Oh it’s because other kids can’t do it.’
Thank you to California Governor @GavinNewsom for his leadership signing the bill protecting college athletes and bringing more equality to the multi billion dollar industry. Cc: @KingJames #MoreThanAnAthlete
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) September 30, 2019
Green believes this decision will undermine the NCAA’s leverage when it comes to suspending players.
“The president of the NCAA (Mark Emmert) just kind of sits back and — he says a little bit but don’t say much at all because he don’t have to,” Green said. “Well, now you’ve got to speak up, and I’d love to see what his response is going to be to this, outside of ‘Oh, well, you’re going to be ineligible.’
“Get out of here with that. Ain’t nobody worried about that no more, man.”
While Sherman was happy with the step made, he balked at the idea of college football players unionizing just yet, as Northwestern’s football team tried to do in 2015. But he did say this could lead to broader change across American college sports, forcing the NCAA’s hand.
“If California has it, Texas and Florida have to have it,” Sherman said. Because in Alabama, it’s college football, so they won’t let all these college athletes just go to California, so they’ll change the law, and once that changes, the NCAA will change its tune, I’m sure.”
Draymond Green on California passing bill to allow college athletes to profit from own likeness:
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Source: East Bay ‘I hope it destroys the NCAA’: Richard Sherman, Draymond Green laud California’s pay-for-play bill