Why Can't I Make Money Off My N.C.A.A. Career? | NYT Opinion

  • Published: 09 October 2019
  • California’s initiative to allow college athletes to profit from their talent is a boon especially for women and competitors in sports without pro leagues.

    An exuberant top-scoring floor routine by U.C.L.A.’s Katelyn Ohashi went viral this year, making her one of the most famous college gymnasts ever. But N.C.A.A rules prevented Ohashi from making any money from the performance. In this Video Op-Ed, Ohashi argues that college students should be given the ability to earn income from their athletic achievement.

    Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California signed a law to do just that. The Fair Pay to Play Act, would allow college athletes to strike endorsement deals, a move that would transform the entire business model of college sports. Changing the rules would be especially beneficial for women and athletes in sports that lack professional leagues.

    But California’s changes aren’t scheduled to take effect until 2023, and that leaves the N.C.A.A. plenty of time to mount challenges to the law. If the law is upheld, the N.C.A.A. will have to decide whether to penalize California’s universities with fines, or even expel them from the association. For now, California is betting that the huge size of its college system, and its influence in college sports, will make that impossible.

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Comments • 1 654

  • Trollololol
    Trollololol  7 hours back

    Welcome to the real world hun.

    • Josva The Noble Fool
      Josva The Noble Fool  8 hours back

      NCAA athletes know the gig before they join. YOUR GETTING A BETTER EDUCATION than most people can dream of.

      • J R
        J R  8 hours back

        Now that we call Good evil and evil good - you can do whatever you self-centered folks want. Christ comes soon - so make the Right choice. Hallelujah.

        • Clint Lapsansky
          Clint Lapsansky  10 hours back

          Also who watches gymnastics unless your kid is in it. I have never even seen it on television besides the olympics this isn’t opinion it’s fact you can’t get paid if your sport makes no money and oh yeah college players can’t get paid at the moment but that is soon to change.

          • James Jones
            James Jones  10 hours back

            Shes Beautiful

            • paul baker
              paul baker  10 hours back

              You made the wrong decision. Let's be honest. Yeah you are good at what you do. But as in watching you week in week out like a football player. Baseball player. Soccer player. Noooo. Its impressive but not something I would pay to see week in week out. You are angry because you know you have had your 10 mins of fame now it's over

              • shakie Pete
                shakie Pete  11 hours back

                So she was the one who stuck to them. Cool God bless her

                • Lyon
                  Lyon  12 hours back

                  It's called being controlled and held down by the white man welcome to the system. They just don't want you to have anything

                  • Eddy Alvarez
                    Eddy Alvarez  13 hours back

                    If thw don't have to pay for college it's all fair, want students loans?

                    • igoodboyMC
                      igoodboyMC  14 hours back

                      In my opinion it is utterly stupid to pay them outside of scholarships. Any successful athlete should be afforded scholarships, but I cannot in good judgment say they should make money outside of this. However, I do understand there are some stupid limitations on athletes that need to be changed.

                      • Daniel Villalva
                        Daniel Villalva  15 hours back

                        You're not as good enough.

                        • Christian Klan
                          Christian Klan  19 hours back

                          When their entire educations stop getting paid for they can start earning a paycheck :*

                          • Frosty Ghost
                            Frosty Ghost  19 hours back

                            Blatant theft and tyranny. Btw....I LOVE YOUR ROUTINE!!!! It’s amazing every single time!!!

                            • jarod olsen
                              jarod olsen  19 hours back

                              Because college is a racket! College is a brainwashing marxist institution for everybody involved, except the hard sciences, which have mostly remained untouched by Marxist ideologues as the subjects are mostly objective and cannot be skewed.

                              • Stickupkids
                                Stickupkids  20 hours back

                                The money made from sponsors and is related to you being a student athlete should go to funding schooling and furthering the education system of the future. It shouldn't go into anyone's pocket.

                                However making money off of something on the side is a completely different story.

                                • Joe J
                                  Joe J  20 hours back

                                  I'd pay her ....

                                  • Russell Sprouts
                                    Russell Sprouts  20 hours back


                                    • Johnny Speedy
                                      Johnny Speedy  1 days back


                                      • KimaShin
                                        KimaShin  1 days back

                                        All I have to say is yang2020.com

                                        • KARMA LRS
                                          KARMA LRS  1 days back

                                          smh boomers

                                          • Arturo Perez
                                            Arturo Perez  1 days back

                                            I think you went viral cause what's in them tights. Yes shes extremely talented but I'm sure half the downloads were boys🤣. Have you noticed the ratings spikes during Olympic beach volleyball

                                            • Z W
                                              Z W  1 days back

                                              Because you’re an AMATEUR ATHLETE, not a professional athlete. Amateurism is gone as soon as athletes start getting paid outside of the university. It should be on the university to pay their athletes from the schools profits via their cost of living stipend or better yet start individual 401k’s for the athletes to build on once they graduate from the overall profits of the universities athletic programs.

                                              • GIT GUD
                                                GIT GUD  1 days back

                                                Basically slavery then

                                                • Gamer Art Tv
                                                  Gamer Art Tv  1 days back

                                                  It’s a shame it took this long for these student athletes to profit off their likeness while the NCAA made billions of dollars off of them.

                                                  • Will Barnett
                                                    Will Barnett  2 days back

                                                    I didn't come for her getting paid...I came for something else 😂

                                                    • Kyle Jones
                                                      Kyle Jones  2 days back

                                                      To all the "bUt ThEy gET a sChoLaRsHIp" people: you are so incredibly dumb. Please for the love of god, take some critical thinking courses. Logic, philosophy, anything. You need it.

                                                      • 🔥Z a y 9 7🔥
                                                        🔥Z a y 9 7🔥  2 days back

                                                        Because your sport is not nationallly televised or making millions

                                                        • David
                                                          David  2 days back

                                                          Universities are extremely corrupt and needs to be reworked from the ground up. I love how they are actually going to fight this in court. That just goes to show you how corrupt it is. I love what Trevor Noah said about this subject in one of his segments. It is only logical to conclude that the ONLY beneficiary to a person labor no matter when it is done or accomplished should be that person, no one else. Especially for many athletes when most of their prime years are the same time period as their college years. Universities should be ashamed as anybody can see this is modern day slavery.

                                                          • L. Baughman
                                                            L. Baughman  2 days back


                                                            • Goku Son
                                                              Goku Son  2 days back

                                                              Women's sport's are boring AF anyway

                                                              • Andrew Murphy
                                                                Andrew Murphy  2 days back

                                                                Hey hey....if they get paid they better also pay income taxes.....Welcome to the real world 😉😂

                                                                • Charles Brown
                                                                  Charles Brown  2 days back

                                                                  Lol! Imagine a slave wanting to get paid for their work lol!
                                                                  No but seriously, would she be able to make money if she dropped out of college and started using her talents for commercials, movies, video games, music videos, free lance competitions, etc.?

                                                                  • Tomas Morejon
                                                                    Tomas Morejon  2 days back

                                                                    So sad! NCAA IMO is a greedy money making organization. I hope this chances. It's sad that this talented young lady has not been allowed to capitalize or control her financial fate. Thank u for bringing this to light because like me there are many that are not aware of this disturbing abuse.

                                                                    • John Davis
                                                                      John Davis  2 days back

                                                                      Then pay for your college, no athletic scholarships.

                                                                      • Rhett Cujo
                                                                        Rhett Cujo  16 hours back

                                                                        John Davis 🤦🏽‍♂️

                                                                      • Budo Jutsu
                                                                        Budo Jutsu  1 days back

                                                                        Thats neither here nor there. Their school tuition is covered in exchange for playing without getting paid. Thats an equivalent exchange.
                                                                        What they're asking for is to be able to make profit of of other venues using their credentials and name. Not asking for money compensation from the league.

                                                                    • jpin0002 jpin0002
                                                                      jpin0002 jpin0002  2 days back

                                                                      They represent the school by playing sports for that school. In exchange (payment), they get a free room, food, tuition and other perks you wouldn't believe if I told you.

                                                                      Really playing the victim like they have to go school like normal people. With jobs and bills lol. Please cut her from the team so she can see what she was getting, in return, for doing flips in a leotard.

                                                                      • Javier Canizal
                                                                        Javier Canizal  2 days back

                                                                        Why are coaches making millions and players nothing?

                                                                        • Mário Fialho
                                                                          Mário Fialho  2 days back

                                                                          Wow, loving these late videos!!

                                                                          • Thomas Villavicencio
                                                                            Thomas Villavicencio  2 days back

                                                                            Give her whatever she wants dammit

                                                                            • Kovu Anakoni
                                                                              Kovu Anakoni  2 days back

                                                                              Make America a country again.

                                                                              Not a company.

                                                                              • Cerebroscopio
                                                                                Cerebroscopio  2 days back

                                                                                Those juicy, meaty, deliscious and very fuckable pair of asscheeks and thighs tho man..... dang !!!

                                                                                • John Mgtow
                                                                                  John Mgtow  2 days back

                                                                                  You want to profit? Compete and train on your own dollar and not via your college.

                                                                                  • Young Gunz
                                                                                    Young Gunz  2 days back

                                                                                    Pay up. NCAA running a racket

                                                                                    • Hien Hoang
                                                                                      Hien Hoang  2 days back

                                                                                      Do college athletes already get special treatment? Honest question, b/c I don't know. I mean if you're really good but your GPA isn't up to par, is the school really gonna not let you play or terminate your scholarship? I've read that male college athletes are like celebrities on campus. If they do start getting paid, man oh man is it gonna be a good time to be a male college athlete.

                                                                                      • faron tilley
                                                                                        faron tilley  3 days back

                                                                                        It's just a hobbie NOT a job.

                                                                                        I wonder how many athletes give money to the Military.

                                                                                        I wonder how many athletes give money to the homeless.

                                                                                        I wonder how many athletes give money to the people that actually work a REAL job to help them put food on the table.

                                                                                        • Visda58
                                                                                          Visda58  3 days back

                                                                                          I agree it's a bad deal for the top NCAA athletes with celebrity leverage, but she wasn't a viral celebrity before this. Don't sign the dotted line if you don't like the deal.
                                                                                          Join or start a private gymnastics team if you don't want to go through a college.

                                                                                          • Cutthroat De
                                                                                            Cutthroat De  3 days back

                                                                                            Everybody loves her 😍😂 I'm glad they got her to speak on this issue

                                                                                            • Scinester
                                                                                              Scinester  3 days back

                                                                                              I don't completely agree. High schools even make a good amount of money off sports. Guess we should pay our high school students to huh? No. You go to school to learn and the same goes with sports. You do it to get better and learn and hopefully get into the NBA, NFL, olympics, and so on. If you aren't good enough to get into those I don't think you should get paid.

                                                                                              • Roger Keith
                                                                                                Roger Keith  3 days back

                                                                                                I swear if I was a millionaire or billionaire investor I would fund a league for pro gymnastics. These girls are some of the most elite athletes in the world and have no outlet for making revenue off their talent at a professional level.