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Compensation And Representation Of Student Athletes

Concerning the rights of college athletes, and, in connection therewith, establishing their right to receive compensation for the use of their names, images, and likenesses and their right to obtain professional and legal representation.
2020 Regular Session
Higher Education
Bill Summary

The act states that, effective January 1, 2023, except as may be required by an athletic association, conference, or other group or organization with authority over intercollegiate athletics (association), including the National Collegiate Athletic Association, an institution of higher education (institution) shall not uphold any rule, requirement, standard, or other limitation that prevents a student athlete of the institution from earning compensation from the use of the student athlete's name, image, or likeness (compensation). A student athlete's earning of compensation may not affect the student's scholarship eligibility. An association shall neither prevent a student athlete from earning compensation nor prevent an institution from participating in intercollegiate athletics because a student athlete receives compensation. Neither an institution nor an association shall:

  • Provide compensation to a current or prospective student athlete;
  • Provide remuneration to a prospective student athlete for the prospective student athlete's athletic performance or potential athletic performance; or
  • Prevent a student athlete from obtaining professional representation in relation to contracts or legal matters, including representation provided by athlete advisors and legal representation provided by attorneys.

A student athlete shall not enter into a contract providing compensation to the student athlete (athlete contract) if the athlete contract conflicts with a contract of the team for which the student athlete competes (team contract). A team contract that is entered into, modified, or renewed on or after January 1, 2023, may not prevent a student athlete from using the student athlete's name, image, or likeness for a commercial purpose when the student athlete is not engaged in official team activities. A student athlete who enters into an athlete contract shall disclose the athlete contract to the athletic director of the institution within 72 hours after the student athlete enters into the athlete contract.

A student athlete who is aggrieved by an act taken in violation of the act may bring an action for injunctive relief.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details