College Pay to Play

College Pay to Play

Jake Bruton

It has been highly debated among sport fans, college sport fans in particularly, if it is right for college athletes to be paid for playing sports. There are two questions that you must ask when it comes to this topic; should college athletes should be allowed to profit off their name, image and likeness and should college athletes be allowed to transfer and play right away?  When a college athlete plays their name is in conversation, put on big screens, and their number is sold without their name on it.  If a college athlete was to transfer to a new college, they would have to wait before they could even play football, the reason they usually switch colleges. California’s new Fair Pay to Play Act seems to take both questions into consideration. 

On September 30th LeBron James and Ed O’Bannon were seated next to California Governor Gavin Newsom when he signed the Fair Pay to Play Act into law. They have become the first state in the country to create a legal right to college athletes to be played for the use of their identities. It guarantees college athletes a right to profit for their identities and allows athletes to hire agents and other representatives to assist them in negotiating and commercial opportunities.  

The NCAA argues that people watch the teams not the athlete alone. That can also be said about the NFL; we don’t watch the game to watch Tom Brady pass the ball we watch the New England Patriots win a football game. If this were to happen where would the money come from? How much will they be getting paid? Finally, how can we control the money from going to one college. This one Act can change a whole administration.