The National Collegiate Athletic Association, which allowed student-athletes to win money for their name, image and likeness (NIL) amid mounting pressure starting last summer, is still trying to determine what is and is not allowed in the lightly regulated framework. Marlet.
In its ruling last summer, in the absence of a national framework being created for what NIL agreements were and were not allowed, the NCAA effectively told schools to follow school policy if any. existed state law(s) in the 28 states where NIL regulatory laws exist, according to CBS Sports.
The only NCAA rules in place prior to the ruling that apply to NIL agreements state that athletes cannot be paid directly by the school or school employees, and that they cannot be paid simply to be athletes, they have to do something for the deal to be valid, CBS Sports reported.
The vague nature of the deal has left schools and those involved in enforcing NCAA rules unsure how to evaluate deals and determine what is allowed, the Associated Press reported.
“We’re not enforcing the NIL agreements, and we’re not enforcing the interim policy, which is largely permissive,” NCAA Vice President Jon Duncan told The Associated Press. “We’re looking at rules that are still on the books and behaviors that are still violations. Or potentially (violations).”
Duncan told the AP that investigation letters had been sent to several schools since the NIL market opened, but did not confirm which schools or indicate whether any were being investigated for violations. presumed.
States like Alabama have begun the process of repealing their NIL laws because they have proven to be stricter than NCAA enforcement policies and could put Alabama athletics programs at a disadvantage when it comes to recruiting in the future, according to CBS Sports.
CBS Sports also reported that approximately 20 “collectives” currently exist across the college sports landscape, which are groups of boosters, alumni and fans pooling their resources to provide valuable NIL deals to schools and athletes. .
“There’s no legal meaning to it, but essentially the theory around it is bringing together a number of individuals who support the university with the goal of organizing and having strength in numbers to provide those NIL opportunities for players,” Darren Heitner, a South Florida attorney who helped draft Florida’s current NIL law, told CBS Sports.
Jim Cavale, CEO of INFLCR, an athlete content platform, told CBS Sports that his company has seen $10 million in NIL transactions in the six months since the NCAA decided to open the market.
Many state and school restrictions include prohibiting student-athletes from endorsing gambling entities, controlled substances, or the adult entertainment industry because they would conflict with the “values or mission” of a university, according to Front Office Sports.