October 1st, 2019 California passed the Fair Pay for Play Act.
This legislatoin enabled college athletes the ability to hire agents and make money off their likeness.
The bill does not take effect until 2023 but both those for and against the have begun to weigh in.
El Paso football super star Ed Stansbury who played at Andres and then on to UCLA was for it.
Stansbury also took the field in a Texans uniform back in 2002.
“As a former student athlete at UCLA on full scholarship, I was grateful for the opportunity to have my school paid for, however there were far too many instances that prevented me from having normal opportunities or freedoms that were afforded to other students on campus that weren’t athletes. In a sport that generates billions of dollars on the backs of student athletes like myself it’s only fair to compensate them for using their likeness,” the NFL fullback said.
Others held a different opinion like NMSU Head Football Coach Doug Martin who said, “I don’t think this is the right way to do it. In my opinion this is going to destroy college athletics. States like New Mexico, you’re not going to have college athletics.”