In an interview with the New York Times, NCAA president Mark Emmert said he would recommend that college sports’ governing bodies pass new laws allowing athletes to profit off their name, image, and likeness (NIL).
New laws on NIL for college athletes are set to take affect in five states – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and New Mexico – on July 1. Mark Emmert said a shift in policy should happen “before, or as close to, July 1.”
“We need to get a vote on these rules that are in front of the members now,” Mark Emmert said.
Other states, like California, Michigan, and New Jersey, have their own laws coming that will take affect in the coming months or years.
There is some anticipated friction between what the NCAA decides to do and what state legislators have already passed. The proposed changes don’t all go as far as what the states have set forward. Some, like SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, wants Congress to provide a baseline that gives all 50 states the same guidelines.
“The inherent issue with the NCAA is its bylaw changes that were drafted don’t go as far as some of the state laws, so you’re still going to have tension around state laws, so you’re still going to have tension around state laws and NCAA rules,” he explained.
In March, many players participated in the #NotNCAAProperty hashtag that was aimed at highlighting players’ inability to profit off their own name, image, and likeness while the NCAA raked in hundreds of millions of dollars and coaches, administrators, officials, and others earned comfortable salaries.
It’s still not clear what this all will mean and when, especially with the potential disconnect of varying NIL rules by state and university. But it appears that maybe, finally, college athletes will reap some direct financial reward for their work.
Now for some other news from across the sport this week:
Nothing But News: May 4-10, 2021
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a name, image, and likeness (NIL) bill that will allow college athletes in Georgia to be paid for endorsements, autographs, social media posts and other similar things. The bill also gives schools the option of a “pooling arrangement” by which a percentage of money athletes made through NIL would be placed into a fund and distributed among all athletes who either graduated or were out of school for at least one year.
Nicki Collen left her post as head coach of the Atlanta Dream to become the head women’s basketball coach at Baylor, replacing Kim Mulkey, who left for the LSU job last month.
New documents filed from the Brian Bowen v. Adidas suit show Adidas executive Chris Rivers may have paid Zion Williamson’s family $3,000 per month.
Hartford is dropping its athletics from Division I to Division III just a few months after the men’s basketball program made its first-ever NCAA Tournament.
Tony Brown, a 19-year NBA official who has called 1,109 regular season games and 35 playoff contests, will not officiate again this season after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The WNBA season tips off this Friday. ESPN.com released its top 25 WNBA players for the 2021 season in anticipation.
Chris Vogt and his 7-foot-1 frame are transferring from Cincinnati to Wisconsin.
Ben Pickman of Sports Illustrated delved into how the orange hoodie has become the WNBA’s defining symbol.
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