“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN On Student-Athlete Rights!
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In episode No. 31 of our “In The Paint Show,“ co-hosts Devin Ugland and Ronnie Flores break down an important California bill that would affect the livelihood of student-athletes. Should the bill pass and become law, the Fair Pay To Play Act (SB206) would allow college athletes who attend California universities the ability to earn income from their name, image, likeness and reputation or notoriety in similar fashion to non-athletes who attend those same colleges. The bill passed its most recent hurdle, but still has a ways to go as California’s state assembly is on recess until August. Should it become law, SB206 would have a huge impact on California student-athletes who attend school on an athletic scholarship and would be a game-changer for athletes’ rights and ability to earn income while attending college.
To go in the paint on this explosive topic, the fellas bring on Ramogi Huma, the Executive Director of the National College Players Association (NCPA), whose organization is an official sponsor of the bill. Huma began the NCPA as a student group while playing football at UCLA in the late 1990s and today it’s a non profit advocacy group with over 20,00 members. Huma breaks down the Fair Pay To Play Act, explains how this bill would become law and what it would mean for student-athletes if it passes and the scenario should it fail.
With the only travel ball-based NCAA live period (July 11-14) just behind us, the fight to secure a basketball college scholarship is on everyone’s minds. There has never been a more important time to be informed on the necessary steps it takes to play in front of college coaches (many did not get the memo for this summer) and what rights you have as a college scholarship athlete (Huma breaks it down).
We also bring on special guest Ryan Kartje of the SoCal News Group to offer the perspective of a media member on SB206 and to explain how a logical retort to this bill by the NCAA is losing momentum as public awareness of student-athletes’ rights and protections has grown since the NCAA vs. O’Bannon antitrust class action lawsuit case broke ground ten years ago and the NCAA was found to be in violation of antitrust law in 2014.
Huma and the NCPA were consultants in the NCAA vs. O’Bannon lawsuit and others against the NCAA, namely White vs. NCAA (value of athletic scholarships) and Jenkins vs. NCAA (eliminating caps on compensation), so this is an episode where you may have to listen TWICE in order to catch all the details of Huma’s expertise on the subject.
For basketball players and other athletes who want to earn a scholarship, and their parents who want to be informed, this pod is important because this bill could have a profound impact on student-athletes’ quality of life in the not-too-distant future.
To learn more about our hosts, Ronnie Flores and Devin Ugland, and to get more information about what “In The Paint” is all about, check out our intro below!