Sports betting and the NCAA are back in the news this week, with much of the focus being on the state of New York. A senator from New York has proposed a bill that would require colleges and universities to pay their student-athletes a percentage from their yearly revenue. This has been a hot topic of debate in the last few years, and it appears that it is only going to get bigger as the weeks and months drag on.
California has already passed a new bill that will allow college athletes the opportunity to profit off of their own likenesses, and it remains to be seen how the NCAA is going to counter to this new legislation.
The state of California was the first one to take up this battle with the NCAA, and they were able to get legislation passed earlier this year that could change the way student-athletes are viewed and compensated going forward. California is calling its new bill, “Fair Pay to Play,”
The bill has passed through the assembly and senate, and did so via unanimous vote. Colleges and universities in the state of California immediately voiced their disapproval of the bill, and the NCAA issued some statements as well.
If signed into law, college athletes in the state of California would be able to make money off of their own image and likeness, but it would also mean that their run as an “amateur” athlete comes to a close. The NCAA would likely be forced to prohibit California colleges and universities from competing in national tournaments, which is why so many colleges are opposed.
The bill is currently sitting on the governor’s desk, and he will have the final say in deciding whether or not to sign the bill into law.
New York Bill
New York senator Kevin Parker was keeping a close eye on what was happening in California and has decided to model his own bill on the Fair Pay to Play act. Parker, from Brooklyn, has decided to take things one step further by requiring athletic departments to pay their student-athletes a percentage of their revenue.
Parker’s new amendment would require athletic departments to pay student-athletes 15 percent of their revenue. There is no breakdown for each individual athlete or sport, and so there are several questions that remain unanswered.
The New York legislators will not be back in session until January, and the session will run until June. Parker is currently looking for other senators to co-sponsor the bill and is hoping that it will be a top priority in New York in 2020.
It is believed that Parker has other support from lawmakers in New York, but the real test will come when things heat up in January. The state of California was hoping that other states would join in when it passed its “Fair Pay to Play” bill, and New York was the first one to do so.