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Governor Newsom signs Fair Pay to Play Act, NO MORE OU/UCLA/USC games?

The NCAA is at a crossroads

California Gov. Newsom signs law.


With California governor Gavan Newsom signing a bill to allow college athletes to hire agents and make money from endorsements, the first of its kind, threatens the business model of college sports. The NCAA is now at a crossroads and changes in that model will take place in the next couple of years. The effects of the bill go into effect in 2023. The NCAA could file a lawsuit seeking to delay the law or have a higher court overrule it entirely.


The Pac-12 also issued a statement (h/t Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic), saying it was “disappointed” in the passage of the bill, adding it believes the legislation will “have very significant consequences for our student-athletes and broader universities in California.” We will work with our universities to determine next steps and ensure continuing support for our student-athletes,” the conference added. Further, the Pacific-12 Conference, which participates in NCAA tournaments, said the bill will lead to the “professionalization of college sports” and will negatively impact how universities recruit student athletes.



One way to avoid a fracture of the NCAA would be national legislation which would regulate the universities and their relationships with the players. Bills have also been introduced two other states which copy the bill in California. As this issue metastasizes, it’s possible other state bills will create pressure for Congress in Washington DC to make nationwide law would avoid the potential for certain states to write legislation that give some student-athletes an advantage over others. As of the current state of affairs in our Federal government, good luck with that.



In a statement Monday, the NCAA said that the bill unfairly side-steps its rule-making process and will lead to confusion on a national level.


“As more states consider their own specific legislation related to this topic, it is clear that a patchwork of different laws from different states will make unattainable the goal of providing a fair and level playing field for 1,100 campuses and nearly half a million student-athletes nationwide,” the NCAA said.


The Indiana-based organization has not said if it would bar California schools from participating in its tournaments in response to the bill, which it has called unconstitutional.  That banning is a strong possibility in the future.  Time frame is not known.


Governor Newsom told reporters today that he doesn’t believe the NCAA will take such action of banning the California schools.



“The bigger problem for the NCAA is public opinion. The public is way ahead of them on this and won’t stand for it any longer,” Newsom said. “The NCAA can’t afford to lose California. The economic consequences would be profound and, further, I don’t think they have a legal right to do that,” he continued.


Newsom previously signed AB 1518, allowing student athletes to hire an agent without jeopardizing their status on campus, and AB 1573, which bars institutions from retaliating against student athletes who file civil rights complaints.   SB 206 takes effect in 2023.




It is of my opinion that schools such as Ohio State of the Big Ten will use their power to exclude the California schools from the NCAA. Buckeye administrators in Columbus support the exclusion on these “outlaw” schools and that would mean a total new look for college athletics.  As this law DOES impact the recruiting of future athletes in the NCAA, the California schools could be taken out of the NCAA in a shorter time than many think.  I suspect the shit will hit the fan within months sports fans.

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

3 Responses to “Governor Newsom signs Fair Pay to Play Act, NO MORE OU/UCLA/USC games?”

  1. September 30, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Wannabe actor dumbass no account for anything he does Newson trying to change the world!!! WTF

    • Dj
      September 30, 2019 at 10:32 pm

      Maybe these universities need to pay their student-athletes, from the billions they make off them.

      • September 30, 2019 at 11:05 pm

        not all colleges and universities (at any level) make $$$$ for a profit. The billions is just not so. My son was recruited by a small NCAA D2 school where 40 percent of the students (on the campus) played sports (men and women). Those kids cost that college $$$$ but they also brought other students to the college and on their off campus sites. If it goes to pay to play many schools will shut down their athletic programs.

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