[ti:NCAA Votes to Permit College Athletes to Make Money]
[00:00.04]The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has taken the first step
[00:07.47]toward permitting college athletes to make money from their "name, image and likeness."
[00:15.16]The NCAA Board of Governors voted on the issue Tuesday
[00:20.64]during a meeting at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
[00:26.64]The United States' largest governing body for college sports said
[00:32.12]it understands that it "must embrace change to provide
[00:36.68]the best possible experience for college athletes."
[00:41.96]NCAA rules have long barred players from employing agents.
[00:47.32]It has also generally refused to let schools pay players.
[00:53.63]The board has asked each of the NCAA's three divisions to begin creating new rules
[01:01.38]that protect amateurism and permit players to make money.
[01:07.08]The divisions must establish the new rules by January 2021.
[01:14.08]Board chair Michael V. Drake said in a statement Tuesday,
[01:18.77]"The board is emphasizing that change must be consistent with the values of college sports
[01:27.61]and higher education and not turn student-athletes into employees of institutions."
[01:33.52]Late last month, California passed a law permitting college athletes to hire agents
[01:40.60]and make money from endorsement deals.
[01:43.78]The law protects athletes who sign such deals from dismissal by their team.
[01:50.08]The California law is set to take effect in 2023.
[01:55.20]Other states are moving on similar legislation that could go into effect as soon as 2020.
[02:03.68]The NCAA has 1,100 member schools and almost 500,000 athletes.
[02:11.04]It has refused to pay players in most cases.
[02:15.20]But it has permitted some exceptions.
[02:18.40]Olympians, for example, can accept winnings they receive from earning medals.
[02:24.40]And major athletic conferences have been able to give players wages of between $2,000 and $4,000 a year.
[02:35.72]The NCAA reported $1.1 billion in earnings in 2017.
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