A formidable opponent is also waiting for you.

Nancy Skinner, state senator, was the first to venture into college athletics lawmaking. This sparked a national frenzy of legislation that allowed athletes to make money from endorsements. She is currently considering a bill that would address extensive travel across America that she feels unnecessarily interfers. with athletes’ pursuit of an education.

She said the regents’ decision will inform her next move.

“U.C.L.A. jumping on the offer of the Big Ten reinforces that college athletics is just about business, it’s not about the students,” Skinner, a Bay Area Democrat said this in a telephone interview. “It’s money for the coaches, it’s money for the television networks and what it doesn’t factor is the effects on the students.”


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Her goal is an N.C.A.A. rule that limits athletes to no more than 20 hours per week of team activities, but does not include time spent on travel — something that is expected to at least double for the L.A. schools for conference competition in the Big Ten — and Games are counted as three hours against the limit. “The 20-hour rule is a farce,” She said.

In a survey of athletes, 83% of women stated that increased travel was their biggest concern. At 65 percent, it was also the top concern of men. Missing class was the next most significant concern, at 75 percent for women and 42 percent for men.

While the California constitution grants the university system some autonomy from the legislature, a bill might be crafted to ensure that athletes spend a certain number of hours on their sport — including travel. The N.C.A.A. The constitution requires that universities adhere to state laws.

Skinner, who maintained that athletes’ ability to profit off their fame was a civil rights issue, said the weight of U.C.L.A.’s move to the Big Ten is being placed particularly on two groups: Black athletes whose graduation rates, while improving, are lower than any other cohort, and Women, whose sports are being followed in a decision that is primarily focused on football.

(In data released by the N.C.A.A. Tuesday’s Division I graduation rates for Black athletes were 80 percent in the last four years. with White athletes get 93 percent and For Latino athletes, 87 percent. Black men had a 76% graduation rate.