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This will be a development to keep an eye on.

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After California passed the Fair Pay to Play Act, NCAA athletic directors have been widely noting the impact of the act and how it’ll effect the association. For now, that law is only passed in California.

But, the association, according to ESPN’s Dan Murphy, is planning to meet in regards to an association-wide policy change that could allow all players to earn money off their likeness.

However, there are quite a few bounds to jump through if anything is every enacted.

The main gist behind the California act is that schools can not punish players that accept endorsement deals. That said, only a handful of players may actual make substantial money from endorsements while in college.

This past season, it would’ve been huge with high-profile players like Zion Williamson stepping into the spotlight. He could’ve made millions during his time at Duke, and players that have come through Lexington can say the same.

Apparently, the acceptance of such laws could have adverse side effects for the association. It’s difficult to foreshadow all the potential issues that could come with such changes.

The major problem, of which Murphy discusses, is that the entire business model of the NCAA could fall apart with the addition of such a policy.

“The chief concern among NCAA stakeholders with each new erosion of amateurism rules is that the next step will be the one that changes the court’s opinion. If college athletes are viewed as professionals in the eyes of the law, the NCAA and its members would be subject to a hornet’s nest of antitrust and labor issues that could collapse their current business model.”

Most players, fans and coaches seem to be on the side of paying the players. After all, the schools are the ones that fully profit, and the players that earn that money, most of which don’t become high-value athletes, see none of it.

That said, we’ll be tracking any changes made in the coming weeks in regards to these meetings help on potentially compensating athletes.