In a draft to the Division I Council, the NCAA outlined its prospective rules on name, image and likeness compensation for athletes.
According to Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger, athletes could endorse products while refraining from using branding from their schools or identifying the institutions they attend. They would also be allowed to charge for autographs and receive money for their services during private lessons or football camps.
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NEWS: @SINow obtained the NCAA’s NIL legislation sent to DI Council. Athletes can use NIL to profit from commercials, autographs & camps/lessons. Athletes can use agents but cannot endorse “sports wagering & banned substances.” From @ByPatForde & me - https://t.co/G0K21bJpm3 https://t.co/d5BqZEq6CC
There would be limits, however.
Sports betting companies would be off the table, and the same goes for substances banned by the NCAA. Universities could also prohibit athletes from profiting from companies that conflict with sponsorship agreements or "values" held by the school.
This would represent a significant change to the status quo, but it was inevitable.
The momentum toward NIL reform has been steadily growing, and California Gov. Gavin Newsom sped the process along when he signed the Fair Pay to Play Act last September. The law, which takes effect in January 2023, allows for college athletes at California schools to profit from endorsements.
A number of states followed California's lead and brought NIL legislation to the table. Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, one of whom is former Ohio State star Anthony Gonzalez, introduced their own legislation as well.
Forde and Dellenger called the NCAA's draft "a somewhat living document," so it could change before a vote in January. They added that any moves by Congress would supersede the NCAA's actions.