The National Collegiate Players Association (NCPA), a non-profit advocacy group for college athletes’ rights and freedoms, has fought hard to protect former, current and future college athletes. Today it released its official NCPA State NIL Laws Ratings, based on 21 key aspects helpful or harmful to college athletes. Name, Image Likeness (NIL) laws exist in 28 states and New Mexico, Maryland, Missouri and Oregon have NIL laws that offer the most support to college athletes among those states.
RELATED: Fore more on the topic of NIL, please listen to Episode 31 and Episode 66 on the Ballislife-produced “In The Paint” show with special guest, Ramogi Huma (NCPA Executive Director). CLICK HERE for important NIL Q & A with noted athlete advocate Marc Isenberg. CLICK HERE for free access to the NCPA State NIL Laws Ratings
The National Collegiate Players Association (NCPA) was instrumental in opening up NIL law in various states across the country and facilitated a lawsuit that forced the NCAA to lift its ban on student-athletes at its member schools being able to profit off their own Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) and lift its ban on college athlete representation. The NCPA commends each state with NIL laws in place. Currently NIL laws exist in 28 states. In states with no NIL laws, colleges can independently make decisions about NIL freedoms that are beneficial or harmful to athletes.
Aside from pushing for NIL laws in all states that benefit college athletes, the next step for the NCPA in protecting college athletes is to inform them on the effectiveness of those laws in each state. As of now, there are big differences in these laws that the NCPA wants all athletes and their parents to be aware of.
With the early signing period rapidly approaching for NCAA D1 basketball (November 10-17) and NCAA D1 football (December 15-17), today the NCAP released its official State NIL Laws Ratings, based on 21 key aspects helpful or harmful to college athletes. For student-athletes pursuing NIL opportunities in college, reviewing and getting familiar with the NCPA’s official State NIL Ratings is a must.
There are many important factors that go into choosing a college and if there are two excellent options, NIL opportunities (or the lack thereof) could tip the scales. The NCPA’s official State NIL Ratings are a helpful tool in that regard. (CLICK HERE for free access.)
Based on 21 key aspects the NCPA deemed helpful or harmful to college athletes, New Mexico, Maryland, Missouri and Oregon have NIL laws that offer the most support to college athletes. Unfortunately, Alabama, Illinois, and Mississippi have the worst. The NCPA is currently working to help improve those laws or get legislation passed in states that do not have any NIL laws.
In some states, an athlete has the freedom to facilitate NIL deals without negative consequences. In others, however, that is not the case. In one state, an athlete can be sued for an NIL violation and in another up to 75 percent of the sponsorship deal can be given away. These are the important details to know and the NCPA offers free access to this type of info through its official State NIL Ratings.
Ballislife encourages athletes and their parents, and college transfers, to use this free resource offered by the NCPA.