The NCAA's president, Mark Emmert, recently wrote a letter that implied schools in one big state could be prohibited from competing for championships.
Emmert addressed the state of California considering legislation that would allow student-athletes to profit off their image and likeness.
The NCAA's president has reportedly written a letter to two California Assembly committee chairs, implying schools in the state could be barred from NCAA championships if the bill becomes a law.
Unsurprisingly, Emmert is getting crushed for this.
USA TODAY had more details:
In a letter to the chairs of two State Assembly committees last week, NCAA President Mark Emmert implied that if the bill becomes law as it is written, California schools could face the prospect of being prohibited from participating in NCAA championships. That includes 23 NCAA Division I schools, four of which are in the Pac-12 Conference.
The bill overwhelmingly passed the state Senate last month.
On Tuesday, it is scheduled to be the subject of a hearing and a vote by the Assembly’s Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee.
Emmert reportedly asks the committee to delay consideration of the bill while the NCAA considers its own rules, which prohibit student-athletes from profiting off their own names and likenesses.
“We recognize all of the efforts that have been undertaken to develop this bill in the context of complex issues related to the current collegiate model that have been the subject of litigation and much national debate,” Emmert reportedly wrote in his letter. “Nonetheless, when contrasted with current NCAA rules, as drafted the bill threatens to alter materially the principles of intercollegiate athletics and create local differences that would make it impossible to host fair national championships. As a result, it likely would have a negative impact on the exact student-athletes it intends to assist."
This is clearly an ongoing issue, but we need to get to a point where student-athletes can, at the very least, profit off their own names. Allowing players who are marketable enough to land endorsement deals, jersey sales, etc. shouldn't be that difficult.