California was the first state to pass a name, image and likeness law for its college athletes, but Florida will be the first to see theirs go into action.
California’s Fair Pay to Play Act became state law on Sept. 30, 2019, when governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 206 on LeBron’s HBO show Uninterrupted.
I’m so incredibly proud to share this moment with all of you. @gavinnewsom came to The Shop to do something that will change the lives for countless athletes who deserve it! @uninterrupted hosted the formal signing for SB 206 allowing college athletes to responsibly get paid. pic.twitter.com/NZQGg6PY9d
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 30, 2019
Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed his state’s copycat bill into law on Friday — with one major difference. Florida’s law goes into effect on July 1, 2021, twelve and a half months from today.
DeSantis announced the signing of the law inside Miami’s indoor facility. The governor quickly pivoted the bill into a recruiting opportunity for The U, as well as Florida, Florida State, UCF, South Florida, FIU, FAU and each of the Sunshine State’s divisional schools.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on new NIL bill he signed today: "I just want to say Florida is leading on this and if you're a blue-chip high school recruit out there trying to figure out where to go I think any of our Florida schools is a great landing spot."
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) June 12, 2020
That part there will hit the accelerator on an already urgent push by the NCAA to get Congress to pass a national NIL law. The fact that, unless something changes, Florida can offer an inducement that Alabama cannot, that FSU and Miami can offer something Clemson can’t match, is a nightmare for a national organization like the NCAA.
Despite the fact that the NCAA has zero leverage over the situation, NCAA leaders have reportedly pushed Congress for an antitrust exemption, similar to one enjoyed by the Big 4 professional leagues. Lawmakers have been skeptical, at best, of the argument the NCAA needs or deserves such a clause, and now the clock is tick, tick, ticking on the NCAA to get something done.
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