The NCAA said Wednesday that it would allow college athletes to make money from their likeness, the Associated Press reported. The decision comes right before several states would allow for the athletes to get paid.
Student-athletes should be allowed to earn money from personal appearances, autograph signings, endorsements and more, an NCAA committee said Monday.
The decision comes following calls that college athletes should be compensated for their likeness outside receiving scholarships and stipends toward the cost-of-living expenses, according to The New York Times.
Last week, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the NCAA, saying that student-athletes could get education-related payments.
“Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate,” Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote in a concurrent opinion. “And under ordinary principles of antitrust law, it is not evident why college sports should be any different. The NCAA is not above the law.”