I have long been a LeBron James' fan, so I was happy to see Governor Newsom appear on his new talk show to sign a bill taking on the NCAA for its restrictions on college athlete's ability to earn money for their talents through endorsements and other means.
LeBron praised the Governor for taking strong action in the face of political pressure to reject the bill and give time for leaders to negotiate incremental reforms. The Governor was lobbied heavily by college presidents and others. But the Governor thought a strong law was required to initiate real change as expressed in this interview with the New York Times.
"Unless we force their hand, they’re not going to reform. If we just let them do it voluntarily, they’ll come up with some window dressing — a nice thing here, a nice thing there — but they won’t fundamentally reform"
The Governor is taking a different approach on the environment and California water, encouraging plans and voluntary agreements while opposing strong regulatory (SWRCB) or legislative (SB1) actions by the state. If the Governor continues on this path, the outcome is likely to be just as he predicts "they'll come up with some window dressing - a nice thing here, a nice thing there - but they won't fundamentally reform"