Some athletics administrators and legislators still believe Washington officials can reach an agreement before state laws go into effect on July 1. Others doubt much more, and the panicked warnings from sports executives at the university nonetheless say a bit of chaos and confusion.
Can the NCAA sue to stop the state laws?
Yes, and the association refused to rule out the possibility. In an interview in May, Mark Emmert, the association’s president, declined to discuss the NCAA’s legal strategy.
“We are waiting to see what happens to Congress and work it out,” he said.
The NCAA successfully averted a state challenge in the early 1990s. However, the case involved a single state law, and experts warned that fighting the various statutes would mean a multi-front struggle with potentially unequal results.
How much are players likely to earn?
Some stars, especially in football and basketball, can earn millions. But many more college athletes, including many in the same sports, can probably earn thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. Some do not earn money. The laws do not guarantee any transactions; they just make it possible.
Jim Cavale, CEO of INFLCR, a firm in Alabama that has hired many schools to help students understand the rules and opportunities, said he generally thinks of players in three categories. One bucket contains the mega-stars of university sports who will make the biggest deals with the biggest companies. The largest group includes talented athletes who are particularly proficient in technology and are in a position to capitalize, primarily through their online presence. The third segment includes players who are more likely to cut a gift card deal, for example a local pizzeria.
How much everyone will earn, however, can change over time.
“This whole thing will be developed through the data of what’s happening,” Cavale said.
It’s 2021. Why did it take so long?
Choose your explanations. An important factor is that, for as many financial and legal as philosophical reasons, it has taken many university sports leaders a long time to warm up to the idea that students should be allowed to earn more than it costs to attend school.