With various states across the country passing NIL laws set to go into effect on July 1, the NCAA Division I Council voted to recommend the Division I Board of Directors allow college athletes to earn income based on their name, image and likeness.
The Division I Council outlined a few points on how the NCAA can reconcile the definition of amateurism with these NIL laws passed by the states in a statement they released yesterday:
College athletes can engage in NIL activities that are consistent with the law of the state where the school is located.
Colleges and universities are responsible for determining whether those activities are consistent with state law.
Student-athletes who attend a school in a state without a NIL law can engage in this type of activity without violating NCAA rules related to name, image and likeness.
College athletes can use a professional services provider for NIL activities.
Student-athletes should report NIL activities consistent with state law or school and conference requirements to their school.
If the Board of Directors, who meet later this week, approve these policies, they will stay into effect until the federal government passes an encompassing law or the NCAA creates new rules.
This development, along with the Supreme Court voting 9-0 to lift restrictions on education benefits offered by schools last week, are major steps forward in the path towards college athletes being paid.
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