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The NCAA has drafted temporary guidance that will allow all athletes to monetize their names, images and likenesses until there is federal legislation, according to interim NIL policies obtained by The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach.
Per NCAA President Mark Emmert’s memo, which was sent to administrators across all three divisions said that permanent NIL rule changes were unlikely to be in place by July 1. The NCAA previously said it would develop interim solutions so that student-athletes, no matter which state they’re enrolled in, would be able to take advantage of NIL opportunities.
“Equally important, we remain committed to working with Congress to chart a path forward,” Emmert said.
Any temporary guidance will need to be approved by the NCAA’s highest governing bodies, which includes the Board of Governors and/or each divisional Board of Directors, the article states.
Emmert also referenced Monday’s Supreme Court ruling in the Alston case, saying that while the NCAA was disappointed with some elements, the core essence of college sports remained, The Athletic reports.
“By upholding the 9th circuit, the Supreme Court provided a narrow opinion that left intact the rule-making authority of NCAA schools to differentiate between benefits that turn college athletes into professionals, and those that are tethered to education and appropriate for supporting students,” Emmert said, per The Athletic.
Auerbach reports the board is expected to approve the temporary guidance on Wednesday, and the documents below outline the prohibitions and delineations of regulatory responsibilities. She said it is being called “interim” guidance because it will be effective until federal legislation or NCAA rules are adopted.