Why 49ers' Richard Sherman hopes new California law 'destroys' NCAA


Why 49ers' Richard Sherman hopes new California law 'destroys' NCAA

SANTA CLARA – Stanford-educated 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman applauded the bill California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law Monday that clears the way for the state's college athletes to be paid from endorsement deals.

“I hope it destroys the NCAA, in general, because I think it’s corrupt, and I think it’s a bunch of people taking advantage of kids and doing it under a mask of fair play,” Sherman said Monday at the 49ers’ practice facility.

NCAA rules have traditionally prohibited athletes from profiting from their likenesses while in school. The new regulation, which is scheduled to begin in 2023, still prohibits California schools from directly paying student-athletes.

"Colleges reap billions from student-athletes but block them from earning a single dollar. That’s a bankrupt model," Newsom tweeted after signing the bill.

Said Sherman, “I think this is going to even that out. It’s either going to cripple the NCAA in a way that they start to bend and make it more fair and more of a symbiotic relationship between players and the NCAA, or it’s going to destroy them and will start a whole new way of college athletics in general. I can respect that, too.”

Sherman predicted that Texas and Florida will also pass legislation to enable college athletes in those states to profit from endorsement deals to prevent the vast majority of the nation’s best athletes from enrolling at California schools.

Sherman disputed the argument that the cost of a college education does not add up to fair compensation for many athletes in the high-revenue sports, such as football and basketball.

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“If you did a cost analysis of how much each student brings in compared to what they earn in scholarship, one number would be greater than the other,” Sherman said.

“The bowl executives get how much? How much does March Madness executives get? Who’s getting all that money? That’s the thing that’s so messed up is most people in the civilized world who are paying attention couldn’t tell you where the money is going.”

Twitter reacts: Bay Area athletes, teams celebrate Memorial Day 2020


Twitter reacts: Bay Area athletes, teams celebrate Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day signifies the unofficial start to summer in the United States.

It's also a big benchmark on the sports calendar.

The 2020 MLB season should have been in full swing, ready to turn the page on its second month. Monday would have been filled with pageantry at the ballparks around the country as teams honored our military servicepeople and veterans.

The NBA and NHL playoffs, likely without all three Northern California teams, should have been in the conference finals stage.

Instead, this was a very different Memorial Day due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

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That didn't stop Bay Area athletes and teams from celebrating the holiday on social media:

We hope everyone had a safe and healthy Memorial Day.

Watch majestic Memorial Day flyover above 49ers' Levi's Stadium

Watch majestic Memorial Day flyover above 49ers' Levi's Stadium

We’re all in this together.

The 49ers partnered up with the California Air National Guard to salute those on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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The flyover was handled by the Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing.

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently said sports could return to the state by the first week of June, so we hopefully will be seeing the Niners take the field at Levi’s Stadium this fall.

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