Report: NIL Contracts to Be Subject to Possible NCAA Sanctions Under New Guidelines

Doric SamMay 3, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 03: A NCAA logo is seen after the South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the UConn Huskies during the championship game of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament at Target Center on April 3, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
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As part of a task force to review name, image and likeness (NIL) contracts, college administrators are reportedly finalizing new guidelines that would establish sanctions for schools that don't monitor booster spending related to NIL deals.

According to Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated, the NCAA is hoping to make it clear "that boosters and booster-led collectives are prohibited from involvement in recruiting."

Since the implementation of NIL, there has been a fear that it could facilitate the involvement of donors who give out "pay for play" deals to prospects in order to influence their recruitment. Boosters are not allowed to influence recruits because under NCAA rules they are considered extensions of athletic departments.

According to Dellenger, the new guidelines "will highlight existing NCAA bylaws that outlaw boosters from participating in recruiting, reminding member schools of guardrails that, while in place for years, have been bent and broken during the first 10 months of the NIL era."

While still in draft form, the new directives are intended to prohibit booster-based collectives from associating with high school recruits and college transfers. The draft is expected to be distributed among the 200-plus administrators and coaches who are in Phoenix this week for annual spring meetings. The administrative council of the NCAA Board of Directors is set to meet on Monday.

Per Dellenger, "Schools that do not control their donors’ spending could be found to have violated NCAA rules and will be sanctioned, according to the document."

It's expected that the new guidelines will lead to investigations into improper actions involving NIL contracts.