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Sherman on new California law allowing college athletes to make money: I hope it destroys the NCAA

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If California allows it, other states are sure to follow

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San Francisco 49ers Richard Sherman met with the media on Monday and, like always, provided some great quotes. Sherman called Niner’s defensive coordinator a “football genius,” and believes Robert Saleh is destined to be a head coach. We discussed Saleh over the weekend, though.

Early Monday morning, the state of California signed a high-profile bill that would allow college athletes to earn money, despite NCAA objections. Athletes will be able to make a profit on endorsements now as well. The NCAA supposedly issues multiple warnings saying it will “upend amateur sports.” It’s also important to note that the bill would prohibit the NCAA from barring a university from the competition if its athletes are compensated for the use of their name, image or likeness beginning in 2023.

Sherman shared his thoughts on the matter:

”I hope it destroys the NCAA in general because I think it’s corrupt and it’s a bunch of people taking advantage of kids, and doing it under a mask of ‘fair play.’ It’s going to cripple the NCAA in a way where they start to bend, make it more fair and more of a symbiotic relationship between players and the NCAA, or it’s going to destroy them in general and start a whole new way of college athletics in general, and I can respect that, too. The states won’t let it just play out like this. If California has it, Texas and Florida have to have it. Because in Alabama, it’s college football, so they won’t let all these college athletes just go to California, so they’ll change the law ... and NCAA will change its tune.”

I have a lot of feelings about this. First, and most importantly, if you can make money off your name, you should be able to. If a Division I program feels like you are so good that they need to pay for your services, that should be allowed. I am not in favor of, in this situation, employees doing all of the work and not reaping any of the benefits.

There is a large group on the internet that is under the assumption that players aren’t getting paid. As a high school coach, I promise you that this isn’t the case. We have several players that are offered upwards to six figures to attend some of the top schools in the country. The best players that you see on TV every Saturday more than likely received at least $50,000 to attend that university. I deal with it all the time. I’m not mad at either for paying or accepting, but I’m surprised at how many people are in the dark about this. Whenever I see “pay the players” with no substance added, it makes me laugh. That’s all.

As Sherman said, this will put the pressure on other states, and I’d guess within a few years, we’ll see more states follow suit. I can’t wait to see how the NCAA plans to get around this.