Report: NCAA seeking to push back vote on Name, Image and Likeness proposal
There’s been a long-standing debate about college athletes profiting off of themselves. While it seems like there is a lot of movement toward collegiate athletes making money, there continue to be roadblocks.
On Saturday, news broke surrounding an upcoming vote surrounding the Name, Image, and Likeness proposal. It appears that NCAA president Mark Emmert is seeking a delay to this vote.
The first person to break this news was Alan Blinder of the New York Times. The Times recently obtained a letter that Emmert penned to an assistant attorney general requesting a delay for the upcoming vote that would potentially allow athletes to profit from individual marketing campaigns.
“We believe, as courts have regularly held, that our current amateurism and other rules are indeed fully compliant,” Emmert wrote to an assistant attorney general in a letter obtained by The New York Times. “Whenever we consider revisions to the rules, however, we of course receive input from many interested parties, and we welcome your invitation to consult with the department so that we can hear and fully understand its views as well.”
If there’s been anything getting in the way of this proposal, it’s the NCAA itself. It seems like Emmert and his crew is just reaching for more and more ways to delay this knowing it would likely pass and athletes could start doing things such as commercials or local sponsorship deals outside of what the schools themselves negotiate.
This is the first time this is being considered at the federal level. Some states such as Florida or California have already passed their own versions of this law.
Along with this news, Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic reports that this delay will also impact the one-time transfer legislation.
Source tells @TheAthletic that the NCAA D-I Council votes on both NIL reform AND one-time transfer legislation will be delayed. Originally planned for Monday. NYT reported that NCAA president Mark Emmert recommended to delay both.
— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) January 9, 2021