Add Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to the list of supporters for college athletes getting rights to their name, image and likeness. While addressing reporters at ACC Media Day on Tuesday, Coach K specifically spoke in favor of Senate Bill 206, which California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law late last month and will allow California-based college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness beginning in 2023. The Hall of Fame coach said he believes dozens of states will pass similar legislation by end of 2019-20 season.
Krzyzewski said he was "really happy" change was being enacted and added that NIL legislation being passed by individual states was a result of the NCAA lagging on the issue for decades and failing to preemptively address it at a national level.
"We need to stay current with what's happening," Krzyzewski said. "I'm glad it was passed because it pushes the envelope, it pushes the issue. We've had our head in the sand a lot for college. We're not good game planners for the future. We're reactionary. We don't set the pace."
The bill, which says colleges in California cannot punish their athletes for collecting endorsement money, does not allow schools to pay athletes directly but rather makes it illegal for schools to prevent an athlete from earning money by selling the rights to his or her name, image or likeness to outside parties.