What is the California NIL Law?
This bill, the Fair Pay to Play Act, would make these provisions operative on September 1, 2021, and would make them applicable to the California Community Colleges. The bill would prohibit California postsecondary educational institutions and every athletic association, conference, or other group or organization with authority over intercollegiate athletics from providing a prospective intercollegiate student athlete with compensation in relation to the athlete’s athletic reputation, or preventing a student participating in intercollegiate athletics from earning compensation as a result of the use of the student’s athletic reputation. The bill would prohibit an athletic association, conference, or other group or organization with authority over intercollegiate athletics from preventing a postsecondary educational institution from participating in intercollegiate athletics as a result of the compensation of a student athlete for the use of the student’s athletic reputation. The bill would prohibit the revocation of a student’s scholarship as a result of earning compensation for the use of the student’s athletic reputation.
When does California NIL Compliance Start?
California NIL started on July 1, 2021, per the NCAA Interim Policies and with the passage of Senate Bill 26, California State NIL laws also took effect on September 1, 2021.
How does California NIL affect NCAA Student-Athletes?
California NCAA Student-Athletes will be able to earn compensation for the use of her or his name, image, or likeness (NIL) through a multitude of different opportunities. Student-Athletes can now make money for things such as endorsements, sponsorships, appearances, autographs, memorabilia, podcasts, camps, clinics, private lessons, crowdfunding, and many more!
What are California Name, Image, and Likeness Best Practices?
Both athletes and administrators in the State of California should start by making sure they have a proper understanding of the rules and regulations set-forth by Senate Bill 26. A working-knowledge of the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ for California NIL will allow all parties to safely and successfully navigate the new landscape. The next most important aspect would be the compliance component of NIL. Not only do students need to make sure they are entering agreements that are compliant with the passed state regulations, but they need to make sure they are transparent with their school to avoid any institutional conflicts.