California is known as a state of many firsts. Gavin Newsom made sure that tradition continues by signing off the Fair Play to Pay Act for College Athletes.

NCAA athletes in California will now be able to get paid for their talents and hard work. Athletes will also be allowed to make money off their names, brands & likeness beginning in 2023 per USA Today.

Newsom signed the bill during an episode of “The Shop” with LeBron James, Maverick Carter & Rich Paul witnessing the moment.

Newsom said:

“I don’t want to say this is checkmate, but this is a major problem for the NCAA, It’s going to initiate dozens of other states to introduce similar legislation, and it’s going to change college sports for the better by having now the interest finally of the athletes on par with the interests of the institutions. Now, we’re re-balancing that power arrangement.”

Once the bill comes into effect, college athletes will be allowed to hire their own agents. NCAA is likely to fight the bill in court before its effective date. NCAA is the only ones who represent the athletes and profit off athletes likeness, names & images.

Watch California governor Gavin Newsom sign Fair to Play Pay Act for College Athletes on Uninterrupted’s The Shop on the next page.

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