Oklahoma Becomes 18th State with an NIL Law

Last Updated on June 2, 2021

Oklahoma’s governor has signed its NIL bill into law, making it the 18th state with a law providing student-athletes with the right to profit off their name, image and likeness. Oklahoma’s law allows schools to give student athletes the rights immediately, but grants those rights for all student athletes in the state no later than July 1, 2023. This is similar to Nebraska’s law.

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.


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


  • Kristi Dosh

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