The NCAA may have formed a group to discuss student-athletes potentially being compensated for the use of their name, image and likeness, but its current position on the matter remains abundantly clear.
According to USA Today, the NCAA beefed up its opposition to a bill that passed through California’s state Senate that would allow student-athletes in the state to be paid for the use of their name, image and likeness beginning in 2023.
In the NCAA’s latest effort to halt that bill from proceeding, NCAA president Mark Emmert sent a letter to state lawmakers last week asking two state committees to delay consideration for the bill while NCAA bigwigs discuss the issue.
According to USA Today, Emmert “implied” in the letter that if the bill is entered into California state law, universities in the state could potentially be barred from participation in NCAA championships. Emmert also said that the law, as long as current NCAA standards remain in place, would make it “impossible to host fair national championships” in the state.