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Coach K ‘really happy’ about passage of Fair Pay to Play Act

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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski became the most prominent college basketball backer of California’s Fair Pay to Play Act on Tuesday.

The bill, signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom, would allow college athletes to profit off their name and likeness. Kyzyzewski said he was “really happy” about its passage, and that it “pushes the envelope” after the NCAA’s failure to keep up with current realities.

This is a significant blow to the NCAA’s opposition to the current law. While they have a point that a lack of standardization on a state-by-state basis could prove problematic, their main objection seemed to be that they didn’t have a say in its implementation or passage. If more high-profile names come out in favor of the principle, the heat will be turned up on the NCAA to do something or change its tune.


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