LeBron James explains why he supports college athletes' right to earn from their name and likeness after California passes Fair Pay to Play Act

Business Insider | 9/30/2019 | Tyler Lauletta
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On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed SB 206, also known as the Fair Pay to Play Act, a bill that gives student-athletes the ability to earn money from the use of their names, images, and likenesses.

Newsom appeared on LeBron James' HBO show "The Shop" to sign the bill and discuss its potential impact moving forward.

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Speaking with reporters at the Lakers' media day, James explained why the bill was personal to him.

James wasn't the only athlete to speak out in favor of the bill, with Warriors star Draymond Green referring to the NCAA as a "dictatorship" for their policies restricting student-athletes from making money off of their names and likenesses.

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LeBron James spoke with reporters about his support for California's Fair Pay to Play Act during the Los Angeles Lakers press day on Monday.

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The bill, which aims to permit college athletes to earn money from their names, images, and likenesses, was passed unanimously by the California state legislature. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill while appearing on James' HBO show "The Shop," as James revealed on social media on Monday.

Speaking with reporters, James said that while he and his mother would not see any of the money, his school would have brought in tons of revenue driven by his presence.

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