Name, Image and Likeness has Passed for the NAIA!
In September 2019, the state of California passed the Fair Pay to Play Act, which will allow college athletes to earn money and endorsement deals from third parties based on their Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) beginning in 2023. Similar legislation is being considered in other states, many with effective dates in 2020 and 2021.
Top 5 reasons why the NAIA moved to pass NIL:
Did you know the NAIA has been committed to this legislation for over a year?
The NAIA’s National Coordinating Committee and the Association for Student-Athletes have been reviewing the topic of NIL rights since March 2019. Their analysis has been based on the principle that student-athletes should have the same opportunities that already exist for other students with specific talents to help pay for their education.
Support for NIL
The NAIA was pleased with our membership's overwhelming support of the 2020 NIL legislative proposal. NIL is a complex topic that will require flexibility and patience while navigating this process. There was no easy solution. However, NAIA leaders recognize that doing what was right for our student-athletes outweighed any potential issues and taking no action now would likely force some NAIA schools to choose between compliance with state laws and NAIA rules.