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Wednesday Quickies: Kentucky Following California Edition

A Kentucky State Senator is drafting a bill similar to California’s Fair Pay To Play Act

Zac Oakes

As several other states begin to prepare filing bills much like California’s Fair Pay to Play Act, it seems like Kentucky will be doing the same, according to the Courier-Journal’s Joe Sonka.

Louisville Senator Morgan McGarvey said he is modeling the bill after California’s bill, which has gained a lot of publicity as the NCAA seeks how to respond to individual states creating their own laws regarding how student-athletes can profit off their own name, image, and likeness.

A couple thoughts:

One, it’s no certainty that this bill will pass in Kentucky. Without going deep into politics, the state has several issues it will face when the legislature convenes in January. There’s no certainty it will be near the top of the priority list. We will have to wait and see how much traction this bill gains in Kentucky.

Two, if Kentucky along with California, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, and others do pass such a bill, the NCAA will be in a really tough place. They can probably deal with California alone, but get multiple states with high-profile universities jumping on board with California? The NCAA will have to cave.

Three, I’m uncertain what this looks like with so many states having laws with different language. It seems like that may be the path we go down if the NCAA continues to resist, but this has the potential for chaos. Ideally, we can move forward with one set of rules.

This story isn’t going away, and it seems like the state of Kentucky may try to follow right behind California in changing college athletics. Let’s see how it goes.

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