And even if the "purity of amateurism" will be affected by this law, how is it fair for college and NCAA officials to decide what is best for student-athletes?
"Athletes are forced to give up their rights and economic freedom while the colleges make hundreds of millions of dollars off of their talent and likeness", Miller said in the written release.
That year, total revenue made by college sports programs topped $14 billion.
The NCAA oversight organization for college athletics prohibits players from hiring agents and does not pay players in most cases. But those opportunities are now forbidden under NCAA rules.
Listen to California Governor Gavin Newsom join The Dan Patrick Show to deliver statements directly to the NCAA in the ongoing "Fair Pay to Play" saga that has become one of the most compelling stories in the history of college sports.
Schlosser said there are questions of fairness that should take precedence over potential impacts on the culture of college sports. 206 passed in the California Senate with a vote of 39-0, then passed in the state assembly with a vote of 72-0. Florida, Washington, and Colorado are also in talks of proposing legislation, and several federal lawmakers and presidential candidates announcing their support as well. He added that the bill is a necessary step in stopping the exploitation of student-athletes, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Because an enormous chunk of this money comes from the March Madness tournament and college football post-season championships and bowl games, many former and current pro athletes use this as justification that college athletes should be able to benefit financially from their star power.
The NCAA's statement came as former Ohio State wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, now serving in the United States House of Representatives, revealed that he is set to introduce federal legislation that would allow college athletes to earn money via endorsement deals.
I understand the importance of money for college athletes, especially those from poverty-stricken backgrounds. "There are a lot of people making a lot of money and the only reason they have those jobs is because of the kids who are out there playing", Schlosser said. And, what percentage of these students go on to earn huge amounts of money in professional sports?
California's new law doesn't go into effect until 2023.
I would argue that this day has been looming for the NCAA the past 35 years - since the Supreme Court ruled that its TV football contracts restricted trade.
George, like numerous players in the league, is more than happy with the progressive stance the state took with regard to the fiscal situation. Several states are reportedly considering measures similar to California's.
House Majority Leader Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, who was a defensive tackle at Brigham Young University, said he sees the merit in letting athletes get paid.