The name, image and likeness bill that was recently signed into law in California has become a major topic of conversation around college sports. The new law, set to take effect in 2023, will allow student-athletes to profit off endorsements.
It challenges the amateurism model the NCAA has had in place for many years and could lead to some serious changes within the organization.
While most seem to think the new law is the fair thing for student-athletes, there are still some questions that need to be asked about how it will affect college athletics. There are obviously some positives there, but there are also some negative aspects to the law.
ESPN college football play-by-play announcer and former College GameDay host Chris Fowler recently joined the Paul Finebaum Show on SEC Network and talked about a potential issue with the name, image and likeness situation. Here’s what he had to say in a video shared by SEC Network:
Thanks to Chris Fowler for sitting in for an entire hour, we wrapped things up talking about the future of college football, including thoughts on the debate over players profiting from their Name, Image, & Likeness: pic.twitter.com/LVXUZQxzgA
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 8, 2019
Some of have been critical of Fowler’s comments, saying the scenario is unlikely to happen. Still, it’s a situation that could arise, as well as other issues that could stem from the new bill.
Changes will likely be coming from the NCAA, it’s just unclear what those could be. It’ll be interesting to see how things develop in the coming months and years.