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The University is anticipating NIL legislation

The University of Kentucky Athletics Department is anticipating legislation regarding name, image, and likeness rights in the near future, and announced a new program intended to benefit student athletes titled “The Kentucky Road.”

According to UK, “The Kentucky Road enhanced suite of benefits specifically for UK student athletes will be curated by bringing together resources available through the University of Kentucky’s world-class academic and student-development professionals alongside the best external vendors.”

Some of the benefits include:

Benefits include, but are not limited to:

Providing industry-leading support for leveraging individual social media presence through education, opportunity and data-backed insights.

Extended scholarships until a bachelor’s degree is achieved.

Financial education.

UK Athletics has even designed a website to showcase the department’s commitment to student success.

And it seems like John Calipari is a fan.

It’s still not certain what NIL rights will look like, but there’s no reason that Kentucky shouldn’t be at the forefront of it in the college landscape.

Hopefully this is a part of that. You can read the full release from UK Athletics here.

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Headlines

Kentucky target DJ Wagner is easily the #1 player in 2023 - Herald Leader

Analysts say it isn’t even close.

UK Volleyball’s Lilley up for ESPY award - Cats Pause

Do your thing BBN.

Kellan Grady embracing expectations at Kentucky - KSR

It’s a big leap from Davidson to Kentucky.

LaMelo Ball is Rookie of the Year - ESPN

Not too much of a surprise here.

Kawhi could miss the rest of the semifinals - Bleacher Report

A huge blow for the Clippers.

Is this a breakout year for James Winston? - CBS

It might be now or never.

Stan Van Gundy is out after one year in New Orleans - Yahoo

That was short-lived.