Nevada Becomes 17th State with an NIL Law

Last Updated on June 2, 2021

Updated 6/1/21 to reflect Illinois sending its legislation for the governor’s signature

Nevada’s governor signed AB 254 into law over the weekend, making Nevada the 17th state with law providing student-athletes with the right to profit off their name, image and likeness. Nevada’s law will go into effect January 1, 2022, putting it behind at least six other states.

Legislation in Illinois, Missouri and Texas is currently awaiting signatures by the states’ governors. Illinois and Texas would go into effect July 1, 2021, and Missouri would go into effect August 28, 2021.


  • Nebraska (schools can grant rights immediately, but no later than July 1, 2023)

July 1, 2021

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Mississippi
  • New Mexico

July 23, 2021

  • Arizona

January 1, 2022

  • Arkansas
  • Tennessee
  • Nevada

July 1, 2022

  • South Carolina

December 31, 2022

  • Michigan

January 1, 2023

  • California (there’s currently a proposal to move up the date to no later than 1/1/22)
  • Colorado

June 1, 2023

  • Montana

July 1, 2023

  • Maryland


  • New Jersey (the law goes into effect the 5th academic year after passage)

See our state-by-state NIL law tracker


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