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NCAA DI Council recommends allowing athletes to profit off NIL; vote set for Wednesday

NCAA DI Council recommends allowing athletes to profit off NIL; vote set for Wednesday

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The NCAA took another step toward blanket protocols related to name, image and likeness.

The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday to recommend the Division I board of directors adopt an interim policy that would suspend amateurism rules related to NIL.

The board of directors, made up of college presidents, will meet Wednesday, one day before NIL goes into effect. If adopted by the board, the temporary action would remain in place until federal legislation or new NCAA rules are adopted.

"While opening NIL activities to student-athletes, the policy leaves in place the commitment to avoid pay-for-play and improper inducements tied to choosing to attend a particular school," the DI Council said in a statement. "Those prohibitions would remain in effect."

As of Monday, eight states have passed laws or executive orders that will allow student-athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness beginning Thursday. Other states — Arizona on July 23 — are soon to follow.

If green-lit by the NCAA board on Wednesday, student-athletes in states without NIL laws, which includes Nebraska, would be able to engage in NIL activities without violating NCAA rules.

Monday's recommendation from the NCAA Division I Council, comprised largely of athletic directors, is seen as a way to create an even playing field between the states with NIL laws already in place and those without them.

A move to suspending amateurism rules related to NIL comes a week after the Supreme Court unanimously sided against the NCAA in an antitrust case involving athletes receiving benefits related to education.

The NCAA said committees in Division II and Division III are expected to vote on the subject by Wednesday.

Reach Clark Grell at 402-473-2639 or On Twitter at @LJSSportsGrell.


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