NCAA’s Division II Legislation Committee Advances Name, Image, and Likeness Proposals
The Division II Legislation Committee this week recommended several legislative proposals that would permit college athletes at Division II schools to be compensated for the use of their name, image, and likeness (NIL). The Division I Legislation Committee has not yet issued its initial proposals, but is expected to do so by September 1.
The Division II Committee’s recommended proposals cover ten broad categories of ways in which athletes would be allowed to monetize their NILs. Under the proposals, athletes would be allowed to do, and be paid for, the following:
- Use their NIL to promote their own athletically related work product. This would include selling items such as athletics apparel, athletic equipment, or books
- Promote athletically or non-athletically related products or services
- Sign autographs, as long as they are not paid while representing their school (i.e. at games, practices, etc.
- Make appearances at businesses, schools, or charitable activities
- Sell their athletics apparel, used equipment, and athletic awards at any time during their athletic career
- Organize fundraisers, including crowdfunding campaigns
- Give and promote private sports lessons
- Operate their own sports camps and clinics
- Allow businesses to promote their attendance at school fundraisers
- License their NIL for products unrelated to their athletic work product, for example licensing a nickname for use on a t-shirt
In addition to these specific proposals, the legislation committee recommended an administrative framework that would:
- Allow schools to counsel athletes on NIL activities, but not arrange any NIL opportunities
- Require approval to use school trademarks
- Preclude athletes from using their NIL in connection with things like gambling and banned substances
- Prohibit athletes from missing class to participate in NIL opportunities
- Require reporting of NIL activities on an annual basis
- Allow athletes to hire attorneys and other service providers needed for NIL opportunities, but prohibit the hiring of an agent for the purposes of a professional athletics opportunity.
These proposals will be reviewed by the Division II Management Council and President Council at meetings on July 20-21 and August 5. The Presidents Council will have the final say on which proposals are advanced to the 2021 NCAA Convention. Those proposals will then be voted on by the full Division II membership.
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