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Pennsylvania Makes NIL Rights Effective Immediately

PA becomes 25th state with an NIL law.

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Pennsylvania’s governor signed into law today an article in the state’s budget proposal that allows student athletes to be compensated for their name, image and likeness. The article is immediately in effect, however, it should be noted the NCAA’s guidance today when it passed its own interim policy specifically include a FAQ that states:

May an individual enter into an agreement regarding NIL with a professional service provider prior to July 1, 2021?


No. If an individual enters into an agreement regarding NIL with a professional service provider prior to July
1, 2021, they will jeopardize their amateur status and eligibility for intercollegiate participation in a particular
sport and will be subject to student-athlete reinstatement.

So, student athletes in Pennsylvania should hold out until tomorrow to start signing those NIL deals.

Schools will also be able to adopt their own rules consistent with these guidelines. We’ve begun tracking institutional policies here.

When do state name, image and likeness laws go into effect?

Immediately

  • 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)
  • Pennsylvania

July 1, 2021

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Mississippi
  • New Mexico
  • Texas
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Illinois

July 23, 2021

  • Arizona

September 1, 2021

  • Connecticut

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

2025

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

We are updating our state-by-state NIL law tracker as new states pass laws here.

Author

  • Kristi A. Dosh is the founder of BusinessofCollegeSports.com and has served as a sports business analyst and contributor for outlets such as Forbes, ESPN, SportsBusiness Journal, Bleacher Report, SB Nation and more. She is also the author of a book on the business of college football, Saturday Millionaires. Kristi is a sought-after consultant and speaker on topics related to the business of college sports and a former practicing attorney. Click to learn more

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