Senator aims to make NY first state to require colleges pay student athletes

09.19.19 | Bob Price

Democrat Kevin Parker's bill would give college athletes the right to sell the rights to their own names, images and likenesses.

Any revenue generated would be equally divided among all student athletes who compete at the school.

Parker modeled his proposal after California's Pay to Play Act which passed both the Senate and Assembly with unanimous votes. Governor Gavin Newsom will decide next month whether he'll sign it. The NCAA may make California schools ineligible for national championships if he does. It says making money in college athletics blurs an important line between professional leagues and amateur college sports.