California Senate Bill 206, formerly known as The Fair Pay To Play Act, which would allow college student-athletes within the state to profit from the use of their name, image and likeness without interfering with their eligibility to continue to participate in collegiate athletics, has moved one step closer to becoming law.

The bill past another hurdle as it received near unanimous approval (15-1 in favor) from the California Assembly Appropriations Committee. According to the bill’s sponsor, Senator Nancy Skinner, the bill will now go before the full Assembly for consideration and potential approval next week. As Senator Skinner explained,

California college athletes are one step closer to getting the same rights to their name, image and likeness that all other Californians enjoy.

In its current, amended form, the legislation would now prohibit California postsecondary educational institutions except community colleges, and every athletic association, conference, or any other organization with authority over intercollegiate athletics, from preventing student-athletes from earning compensation in connection with the use of the student-athlete’s name, image, or likeness.

Jackson Lewis’ Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group will continue to monitor this proposed legislation as it moves to the state assembly and potentially to Governor Newsom for his signature. Please feel free to reach out to any member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group with questions.