Why Can't I Make Money Off My N.C.A.A. Career? | NYT Opinion

  • Published: 09 October 2019
  • California’s initiative to allow college athletes to profit from their talent is a boon especially for women and competitors in sports without pro leagues.

    An exuberant top-scoring floor routine by U.C.L.A.’s Katelyn Ohashi went viral this year, making her one of the most famous college gymnasts ever. But N.C.A.A rules prevented Ohashi from making any money from the performance. In this Video Op-Ed, Ohashi argues that college students should be given the ability to earn income from their athletic achievement.

    Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California signed a law to do just that. The Fair Pay to Play Act, would allow college athletes to strike endorsement deals, a move that would transform the entire business model of college sports. Changing the rules would be especially beneficial for women and athletes in sports that lack professional leagues.

    But California’s changes aren’t scheduled to take effect until 2023, and that leaves the N.C.A.A. plenty of time to mount challenges to the law. If the law is upheld, the N.C.A.A. will have to decide whether to penalize California’s universities with fines, or even expel them from the association. For now, California is betting that the huge size of its college system, and its influence in college sports, will make that impossible.

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Comments • 248

  • Awesome Jessi
    Awesome Jessi  13 minutes back

    We are a nation of slaves...... image, achievement, data and misfortune...... except the debt... we own that. Backwards isn't it.

    • R. S.
      R. S.  5 hours back

      She deserves more than those basketball and football players with million dollar contracts, ridiculous!

      • Ichsan Nurzaman
        Ichsan Nurzaman  6 hours back

        Women only receive 4 percent coverege in all sports media? You mean in US or what? Cus I saw Sharapova, Serena, Kerber, Lindsey Vonn, Simone, and countless other women athlete names and faces in billboard, TV, and other media. Be specific

        • Red Butterfly
          Red Butterfly  8 hours back

          It happens even to a music scholars who wants to join in any competition, endorsement, outside the school, as she went viral also and some company wants her to star in their advertisements

          • Brody Brown
            Brody Brown  9 hours back

            Bro tf outta college

            • dst rr
              dst rr  10 hours back

              Andrew Yang wants to change this.

              • Keagle Eagle
                Keagle Eagle  12 hours back

                USA is weird .Everyday i learn something new which destroy my image of seeing it as best democratic country.

                • ardin salim
                  ardin salim  16 hours back

                  south park make episode about this, comparing NCAA athletes to slaves

                  • Julio Hernandez
                    Julio Hernandez  1 days back

                    It's so clear. She's absolutely correct!

                    • A. Osman
                      A. Osman  1 days back

                      She is hot.

                      • Timmy
                        Timmy  2 days back

                        Everyones $ hungry but just sum have more power ....

                        • Timmy
                          Timmy  2 days back


                          • Jim M.
                            Jim M.  2 days back

                            She is right.

                            • Turnt Jesus
                              Turnt Jesus  2 days back

                              I liked for the booty

                              • Jamie Lancaster
                                Jamie Lancaster  3 days back

                                I can understand why the NCAA is against this for students who are on full scholarships but most athletes are not on full scholarships because the NCAA restricts the number of Full scholarships. Take women’s field hockey the NCAA only allows 12 Full Scholarships for a average of 23 girls per team (NCAA 1). Which means most of these girls are only getting partial scholarships. So either up the number of full scholarships to cover an entire sport team or let the players profit from their name!

                                • Marlon  Moncrieffe
                                  Marlon Moncrieffe  18 hours back

                                  😲 Whoa! I didn't know that!

                                  Up the scholarships, NCAA!

                              • peterk814
                                peterk814  4 days back

                                You go girl

                                • Akitas in the House
                                  Akitas in the House  4 days back

                                  Referring to NCAA athletes as "amateurs" is a misnomer. There's nothing "amateur" about college sports. It is a multi-billion dollar industry with rich television contracts, licensing deals and massive gate revenue. The students get little to nothing out of the deal, while NCAA executives get ridiculously rich by holding a gun to the heads of these young athletes.

                                  • _____
                                    _____  2 days back

                                    Akitas in the House Its how they get away with not paying them

                                • Eric Parker
                                  Eric Parker  4 days back

                                  The only candidate with this proposal for years! #yanggang

                                  • B
                                    B  4 days back

                                    I love watching guys play professional catch with their millionaire friends.

                                    • Yurek Hunt
                                      Yurek Hunt  4 days back

                                      What guys? They only play women's sport in America, because the men's sport every other country plays are too tough for Americans...

                                  • Giancarlo D
                                    Giancarlo D  5 days back

                                    Ohhh soo sad...soo...America!the Land of Freedom!ahahah

                                    • Jose Guadalupe Morales

                                      I dont even know who you are.

                                      • LAVIN20
                                        LAVIN20  5 days back

                                        Yes let's put money in amateur sports and see how the corruptions settles in nicely

                                      • Santiago Bron
                                        Santiago Bron  5 days back

                                        She's thicc.

                                        • J C
                                          J C  5 days back

                                          Support Andrew Yang. He believes these athletes should get paid.


                                          • Damond Barbee
                                            Damond Barbee  5 days back

                                            Simone Biles wasn’t to go to UCLA but couldn’t because she would have forfeited millions.

                                          • Marius Thefaker
                                            Marius Thefaker  6 days back

                                            Football and basketball players are going to have the greatest earning potential with these new rules. ping-pong players not so much. they should treat it like waitress tips. all the earnings from every player in every sport goes into a pool and then everyone gets an equal cut... **holds up 'sarcasm' sign**

                                            • Buttercookie Cinnamini

                                              NAH! ATHLETES GET MILLIONS IF THEY DON'T MAKE DRAFT! If you're THAT GOOD. It will still be there AFTER College...College should guarentee above average wages. Where's their PAY TO GET PAID BILL

                                              • single batch23
                                                single batch23  6 days back

                                                the NYT is a rat infested sinking ship......watching all the employees drown with it will be orgasmic

                                                • Final Boy
                                                  Final Boy  6 days back

                                                  Add tickets, transportation, hotel and food. Then add in the scholarships, free campus housing, campus job that's just a paycheck. How much more do you want?

                                                  • I want breakfast
                                                    I want breakfast  6 days back

                                                    ​It's your duty as Americans to report illegal aliens to ICE 1-866-DHS-2-ICE

                                                    • Jose Nieves
                                                      Jose Nieves  6 days back

                                                      Thanks for endorsing one of Andrew Yang’s policies.

                                                      • Simon Berens
                                                        Simon Berens  6 days back

                                                        Isn't this one of Yang's policies? As usual, the media ignores Yang...

                                                        • Nirrrina
                                                          Nirrrina  6 days back

                                                          I think they should be able to make some money. But only after they take into account the full scholarship to the school first. So if they only earn about 75% of what they are give in a scholarship then no they shouldn't get any money off of it. Or at least only a tiny bit. But if they earn 150% to 200% or more then yes they should get some of that money. After the scholarship is discounted & a little bit more for the schools gamble in taking them on.
                                                          There probably isn't that many athletes who would be able to earn that much then. But for those who do it's only fair they get some of it. Otherwise you're heading towards exploiting them.

                                                          • Casey S
                                                            Casey S  6 days back


                                                            • Mona Moore
                                                              Mona Moore  6 days back

                                                              It's possible for student athletes to quit their college league or leave their school if they want to pursue a professional career. The NCAA is a mess, so it seems reasonable to walk away if you already have a career waiting for you.

                                                              • Kathy Erickson
                                                                Kathy Erickson  6 days back

                                                                Big thank you for speaking up! Your comment about not being able to join some professional team after graduation really hit home. It would be amazing for you and others participating in NCAA sports to be able to earn money that could potentially be put towards a future AFTER college.

                                                                • brett mccarley
                                                                  brett mccarley  6 days back

                                                                  Welp looks like California is gonna hold the next few championships, sure does make recruiting easier when your throwing money at people

                                                                  • Shamrock
                                                                    Shamrock  6 days back

                                                                    I wouldn't be surprised if the college's (companies) decide to pay them but remove the scholarships associated with them so that the value of getting paid is null. However maybe they students basically become employees at that time and should be given healthcare and maybe even unionize 🤔

                                                                  • john gler
                                                                    john gler  7 days back

                                                                    they profit what about the full ride scholarship that is up to 200k in free money

                                                                    • Bad Xerge
                                                                      Bad Xerge  7 days back

                                                                      If the student aren't allowed to profit, then neither should the colleges or the NCAA.

                                                                      • David Boson
                                                                        David Boson  7 days back

                                                                        Sport is a business. The greater the profit the greater the business. Please stop saying that business is a Sport.

                                                                        • JOE CAPOZZIELLO
                                                                          JOE CAPOZZIELLO  7 days back

                                                                          Profit organization should work one way if you are making money off of somebody and their talents are making profits for everyone else around the one person making the publicity on their talents I think it's a crazy assumption to say that the individual shouldn't received any monies whatsoever

                                                                          • Carlitos
                                                                            Carlitos  7 days back

                                                                            How about this. I think most people would agree that having athletes get compensated for being an athlete at a school of higher education isn't in the best interest of the student. At the same time, I think schools shouldn't profit the way they do by exploiting these athletes. How about the school take in 25% of the total profit (what they would get today). 5% could go towards the athletes who performed at the school, but the money goes into a retirement fund (that retirement fund is forfeited if they go professional and make X amount of money as a professional athlete. The remaining 70% could go back into athletic development programs in the pre-teen/teenager/ high school level, including preventive care of sports injuries. I don't want kids thinking "I want to go to college because they're going to pay me", nor do I want colleges to profit they way they currently have off these athletes.

                                                                          • 1350
                                                                            1350  7 days back

                                                                            Cool. Make all students compete for NCAA money based on who wants to spectate. Nobodies like this won't get any. Men's football and basketball will.

                                                                            • Justin
                                                                              Justin  7 days back


                                                                              • bigmo256
                                                                                bigmo256  7 days back

                                                                                go get it flippy spinny girl

                                                                                • Eric Martin
                                                                                  Eric Martin  7 days back

                                                                                  Student Athletes are already paid. everyone forgets the free ride through Collage they receive and the benefits of such a degree in life. Katelyn Ohashi got a degree from UCLA... let that sink in. $42k a year in just Tuition Fees alone to attend UCLA plus costs of housing and eating on campus are covered. full scholarships provide funding for extra costs of college above and beyond tuition and fees and room and board. This includes the costs of books, travel expenses, health insurance (which is required on many college campuses), and supplies (computer, notebooks, pens, for example). full scholarships also include a work/study program for the student to earn extra cash for personal expenses.

                                                                                  • lightsouthaha
                                                                                    lightsouthaha  7 days back

                                                                                    The US has roads that are falling apart across the country, the airports are old, the hospitals that had to be privatized have gotten far worse. We honestly need high speed metros to connect American cities. The sea level will rise within the next 100 years and our weather gets more extreme every year.

                                                                                    Pro athletes are already grossly overpaid compared to people that are needed in society like scientists and teachers, yet a multi-millionaire that is overpaid for what he does has started this trend in the wrong direction. I know I'm supposed to feel sorry for college athletes because "Murika" loves sports but the US has a lot bigger fish to fry.

                                                                                    In ancient Rome stupid poor and rich people alike sat and watched sporting events in their coliseums, too distracted to notice their empire crumbling and collapsing all around them. It's time to put more money into education for children in public schools and arts for them as well. Sports will always be around in this country.

                                                                                    We are easily the dumbest "developed" country in the world, education-wise. Academics waste money on college every year and by the time they get out they will be an overeducated retail employee, doing a job they could have done in high school. Like I said, there are far bigger problems, not even mentioning countries with real issues .