What is the Maine NIL Law?
The Maine NIL Law is a bill that prohibits a college or university from preventing a student athlete from making certain contracts regarding or earning money from the use of the student athlete’s name, image or likeness or providing compensation for a prospective student athlete’s name, image or likeness.
When does Maine NIL Compliance Start?
Maine NIL started on July 1, 2021, per the NCAA Interim Policies. If and when Legislative Document 1893 is passed into law, Maine State NIL laws would take effect according to the date specified in the legislation.
How does Maine NIL affect NCAA Student-Athletes?
Maine 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 Maine Name, Image, and Likeness Best Practices?
Both athletes and administrators in the State of Maine should start by making sure they have a proper understanding of the rules and regulations set-forth by Legislative Document 1893. A working-knowledge of the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ for Maine 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.