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California Law Affects How Student-Athletes Are Compensated

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California just passed a law significantly impacting student athletes, college athletics and Title IX athletes.  

The California law gives student-athletes the right to monetize their likeness with endorsements, YouTube videos and merchandising.  In addition, they will be able to be paid for teaching at coaching clinics. 

The long runway of this new law, which does not take effect until January 1, 2023, gives other states time to pass similar laws. 

This law will have a major impact on college recruiting as top recruits can accept scholarships at any California college (other than community colleges) and make significant endorsement monies. Yet, if athletes go to colleges in other states, they will not be paid such monies.  Sports law attorneys predict other state legislatures will likely pass similar laws, so the schools in their states will not be at a recruiting disadvantage.

While many people have focused on the money that star athletes will make in the major sports, female athletes and athletes in less glamorous sports such as equestrian and Olympic sports will also benefit.

Since student athletes currently do not receive any pay, even small endorsement deals and being paid for teaching at camps will likely benefit NCAA athletes competing in Olympic and other sports.

The NCAA has threatened to bar schools that allow these endorsements.  Most sports law attorneys doubt the NCAA has the leverage and power to follow through with its threat.

In any event, this new sports law is likely the beginning of the end of the NCAA’s prohibition on student-athletes making money off of their likeness and marketability.  And, it’s the beginning of the end of universities’ monopoly on making money on college athletics. 

This development along with the new transfer portal, proves the shift has begun in favor of athletes gaining more rights over the NCAA and universities. 

Rogge Dunn Group has extensive experience helping college and pro athletes.  Our clients include professional and college athletes, an Olympic gold medalist, college and pro coaches and college administrators. Connect with us if you have questions on sports and entertainment issues. 

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