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California Governor Signs Bill To Let College Athletes Get Paid

California became the first state to allow its college student-athletes to receive endorsement deals.

California’s Governor Gavin Newsom signed a historic bill on Monday that will allow college athletes in his state to get paid through endorsement bills. In doing so, Newsom also ripped the NCAA by saying, “Colleges reap billions from student-athletes but block them from earning a single dollar. That’s a bankrupt model.”

In addition to being able to sign endorsement deals, the bill will restrict the NCAA from banning the compensated athletes from their perspective sports, according to the NY Times.

Newsom tweeted the news Monday morning, during his appearance on LeBron James’ HBO series The Shop: Uninterrupted.

The Fair Play To Pay Act is scheduled to start in 2023.