What is the Maryland NIL Law?
The Maryland NIL Law states that athletes cannot enter into NIL agreements that conflict with their athletic program contracts. Any NIL agreement must be disclosed to a designated official at the school. Athletes do not have a right to use school intellectual property in NIL activities without school permission. Schools may prohibit athletes from engaging in NIL activities during official and mandatory team activities. Athletes may hire agents and other representatives to assist with NIL activities.
When does Maryland NIL Compliance Start?
Maryland NIL started on July 1, 2021, per the NCAA Interim Policies and with the passage of Senate Bill 439, Maryland State NIL laws will take effect on July 1, 2023.
How does Maryland NIL affect NCAA Student-Athletes?
Maryland 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 Maryland Name, Image, and Likeness Best Practices?
Both athletes and administrators in the State of Maryland should start by making sure they have a proper understanding of the rules and regulations set-forth by Senate Bill 439. A working-knowledge of the ‘Dos and Don’ts’ for Maryland 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.