NCAA moves closer to allowing athletes to receive name, image and likeness compensation

The NCAA Board of Directors expects to adopt groundbreaking rules by January regarding name, image and equality compensation for its athletes, which take effect in time for the 2021-22 academic year, officials said today.

The so-called NIL rules would allow athletes to receive compensation for third-party recommendations, both in athletics and beyond.

That means they can be paid for doing commercials, their name on jerseys or their similarities in video games or participating in other commercial endeavors without risking their eligibility for college or scholarships.

“The board’s decision today provides further guidance to each division (of the NCAA) in creating and adopting appropriate rule changes,” said Gene Smith, senior vice president and athletics director and co-chair of the working group, at a news conference in the media. .

The NCAA’s actions follow the adoption of laws by California and other states. Two bills, Senate Bill 2673 and House Bill 1682, concerning NIL for athletes have been proposed in the Hawaii Legislature.

The NCAA board said it would require “railings around future name, image and likeness activities”, which would not include name, image and likeness activities that would be considered rewarding; no school or conference involvement; no use of name, image and likeness for recruitment by schools or boosters; and the regulation of agents and advisors.

NCAA President Mark Emmert said the rules would maintain a clear distinction between athletes as employees of their schools. Athletes should be accountable to the tax authorities for reporting their income.

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