SACRAMENTO (AP) — California lawmakers are debating whether to let student athletes sign endorsement deals and hire agents.

The legislation is Senate Bill 206

The proposed law could upend the multibillion-dollar business of college sports and scrap policies that strictly limit the ways in which college athletes can profit from their name, image and likeness.

SB206 backers argue it is a matter of fairness. But universities across the state are opposing the law, arguing it would put them in direct conflict with National Collegiate Athletic Association policies.

The state Senate passed the bill last month and an Assembly committee approved it Tuesday.

The bill goes next to the Assembly Higher Education Committee.

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