California Assemblyman Chris Holden introduced Assembly Bill 252 on Thursday.
The bill, titled the College Athlete Protection Act, would require schools to pay college athletes annually.
Division I schools in California are required to share 50% of revenue with athletes. May be compensated up to $25,000 per year with an athletic scholarship.
Holden was a former college basketball player at San Diego State.
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The AP reported:
A California lawmaker introduced a bill Thursday that would require schools that play major college sports to pay certain athletes $25,000 annually, plus six years of guaranteed athletic scholarships and post-college medical expenses.
The College Athlete Protection Act is state-level legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Chris Holden, a former San Diego State basketball player, and the NCAA is seeking to preempt federal lawmakers.
Assembly Bill 252 — introduced by Holden, a Democrat whose district includes Pasadena — calls for California Division I schools to share 50% of revenue with low-value athletes because their athletic scholarship amounts do not match their market value. . It is mostly, but not exclusively, aimed at athletes who compete in income-generating sports such as football and basketball.
The bill would undermine the ability of California schools to compete nationally.
There is also concern that it may not survive scrutiny under Title IX.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Holden, who represents Pasadena, has introduced legislation he calls the College Athlete Protection Act, which would embarrass all non-revenue college athletics and cripple any California school’s ability to compete in football on the national stage.
So if Holden’s legislation becomes law, athletic directors will face a tough choice: Either suspend, or cut all coaches’ salaries to just $500,000 a year.
Now to us mere mortals, $500,000 is a ton of money. But when it comes to attracting the coaching talent needed to compete at the national level, it’s virtually non-existent. As Riley’s tenure suggests, that’s far below his market value.
If Holden’s legislation becomes law and survives Title IX scrutiny, there will be a mass exodus of coaching talent from all California college football programs. This will be the end of USC.
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