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NCAA Division I Council recommends NIL legislation

NIL is coming. Just a matter of when.

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The NCAA Division I Council has voted to recommend an interim policy that would suspend amateurism rules related to name, image and likeness, it announced Monday. The board meets Wednesday to decide if the policy will be adopted.

If adopted by the board, the temporary action would remain in place until federal legislation or new NCAA rules are adopted. The policy provides the following guidance to member schools, student-athletes and their families.

  • 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.

While opening NIL to student-athletes, the policy leaves in place the commitment to avoid pay-for-play and improper inducements tied to choosing to attend a particular school. Those prohibitions would remain in effect.

With the NIL interim policy, schools and conferences may choose to adopt their own policies.

Here is a look at what will be discussed via Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger.

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