The California Senate bill, which would have fundamentally changed the economics of college sports in California, failed to pass through the Appropriations Committee on Thursday — a major legislative victory for Division I universities in the state.
Development means SB-1401, the “College Athlete Race and Gender Equity Act”, is dead for the current legislative session of the Senate.
Sponsored by Senator Steven Bradford, the bill received overwhelming support from the National College Players Association (NCPA), an athlete-advocacy group led by former UCLA linebacker Ramogi Huma.
The NCPA, which is backed by US steelworkers, could push new legislation in 2023 with the same goal: to give football and basketball players a piece of the cash they help generate.
on that twitter feedNCPA said:
“Unfortunately CA SB 1401, which will pay college athletes for degree completion, was held in committee and will not proceed. Although the legislative session is not over, we will keep you updated. Thank you @SteveBradford for writing this bill and fighting for our rights!”
If SB-1401 became law, it would create a revenue-sharing arrangement between California universities and athletes in money-making sports.
The millions of dollars typically used to support the operation of the athletic department would have been transferred to a “degree completion fund” for the players.
Those requirements would have placed California schools at a significant financial disadvantage, created Title IX complications and threatened the long-term viability of the Olympic Games.
When asked for feedback on the SB-1401’s stay in committee, an industry source offered the following response:
“While most view this bill and college athletics in general through the lens of high-profile football and men’s basketball athletes, this result is a victory – for now – over the other 80 or so percent of student-athletes in the state.” For women athletes in particular, as well as non-strength programs.
“This bill would have eliminated non-revenue sports in California and disproportionately harmed female athletes.”
An analysis published by the Appropriations Committee estimated the economic impact of $34 million to $36 million annually for the University of California and $1 million to $9.3 million annually for California State University.
CSU’s analysis also concluded that “the redistribution of revenue would be disproportionate to male and female athletes and could exclude its institutions from complying with federal Title IX requirements.”
The Pac-12 declined to comment.
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