Ask anyone who’s ever been to a college football game, and they’re likely to say things different from a pro-game.
The marching band, cheerleaders and campus atmosphere are said to create an environment like no other, but an NCAA petition to the U.S. Supreme Court adds something else to the mix: compensation.
According to the petition, college athletes are classified as “amateurs.” The NCAA says taking this title away would detract from college sports.
The case’s rise to the Supreme Court began in California, where the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the NCAA’s policy of non-cash education-related benefits.
In 2019, the Golden State’s legislature voted to allow college athletes to earn money from their name, image and likeness.
Here in the Sunshine State, a similar law takes effect July 1. As for the Supreme Court case, a ruling is expected in June.