The NIL framework would create a pathway for college athletes to profit off through sponsorship and other revenue streams related to their fame. A vote expected on Monday is now in peril despite pressure from the Justice Department this week.
"We believe, as courts have regularly held, that our current amateurism and other rules are indeed fully compliant [with federal antitrust law]," Emmert wrote to an assistant attorney general in a letter obtained by The New York Times. "Whenever we consider revisions to the rules, however, we of course receive input from many interested parties, and we welcome your invitation to consult with the department so that we can hear and fully understand its views as well."
Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal first reported Thursday the vote may be tabled, noting SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey among those in favor of postponement.
Emmert is also calling for a delay to consider dropping the one-year wait period for athletes who transfer schools in baseball, basketball, football and men's hockey.
On Friday, USA TODAY's Steve Berkowitz and Christine Brennan obtained a letter from Makan Delrahim of the Justice Department's antitrust division expressing concern over the NCAA's regulations' compliance with antitrust laws: "Ultimately, the antitrust laws demand that college athletes, like everyone else in our free market economy, benefit appropriately from competition."
College athletics leaders are expected to follow Emmert's guidance and delay the vote for an undisclosed amount of time, according to The New York Times.