Ohio Senate unanimously passes NIL bill day after Ryan Day testifies
The Ohio Senate has unanimously passed a bill that will allow college student-athletes in the state to benefit from their name, image and likeness. The approval comes a day after Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day testified.
The vote was passed 33-0 and will now go to the Ohio House of Representatives. If it passes again, Gov. Mike DeWine would need to sign it into law.
Other states have already taken the steps necessary to allow student-athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness, forcing states like Ohio to catch up. July 1 is currently the earliest date any student-athletes in any state would be eligible to receive compensation from their name, image and likeness.
“I suggest federal legislation will need to be adopted on the NIL issue to allow for fair and uniform Name, Image and Likeness opportunities for America’s student-athletes,” Day said on Tuesday. “However, until that occurs, Ohio student-athletes cannot be left behind. We were hopeful that federal law and NCAA actions would make legislation in Ohio unnecessary, but it is now clear that enactment of state legislation will be necessary to keep our state and student-athletes on a level playing field.”
The NCAA has dragged its feet on the situation relating to NIL legislation and modifying its amateurism model to allow student-athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness. With states making their own decisions on the matter, the organization is going to have little choice but to make some sort of change in the near future.
Day appeared in front of the senate panel replacing athletic director Gene Smith, who had a scheduling conflict.