With several states across the country purposing and approving legislation for collegiate athletes to be compensated for their imaging and likeness, the NCAA was inevitably placed with one or two decisions.
Either shut the whole thing down, meaning continue to stand on their previous position when California first passed "Pay for play", which was to say if California programs compensated athletes they would no longer be Championship and bowl eligible.
Or do what they did today, and approve the notion of athletes being paid, with the intention of regulating it across the spectrum. At this point the NCAA had no choice after California's Governor Newsom signed the first bill, Florida soon followed, along with New York shortly thereafter. More are seemingly coming.
The initial stance of just removing the schools that participated was accomplishable, however, when more and more states join the cause, it becomes unbearable.
So, it's no shock to see the NCAA at least step in and attempt to regulate and control the pot. Which is what they were created to do all the way back in 1910.
Here are the guidelines that were approved today according to Steven Berkowitz of USAToday.com
- Assure student-athletes are treated similarly to non-athlete students unless a compelling reason exists to differentiate.
- Maintain the priorities of education and the collegiate experience to provide opportunities for student-athlete success.
- Ensure rules are transparent, focused and enforceable and facilitate fair and balanced competition.
- Make clear the distinction between collegiate and professional opportunities.
- Make clear that compensation for athletics performance or participation is impermissible.
- Reaffirm that student-athletes are students first and not employees of the university.
Certainly this impacts College football and College basketball the most according to most income projections, and with rules set to be instated as early as January of 2021, it'll be important to see how coaches around the country like Kirby Smart begin to utilize this new ruling.