Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed the groundbreaking NIL bill that aims to revolutionize Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) regulations in the state.
Gov. Abbott Signs NIL Bill
The bill is set to take effect on July 1, 2023.
The decision to sign the NIL bill came as no surprise, as officials from Texas universities such as Texas A&M and Texas were instrumental in shaping the legislation. Both Democrats and Republicans supported the NIL bill, further solidifying its bipartisan nature.
This move by Texas follows a trend seen in other states like Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, New York, and Oklahoma, where similar bills have been sponsored or passed to prevent the NCAA from intervening in NIL activities.
Notably, NIL entities in Arkansas and Texas have introduced compensation models that deviate from the NCAA’s policies.
Experts believe that Texas’ adoption of NIL reform through the NIL bill could serve as a pivotal moment for state-level legislation. While other states have already implemented NIL reform, the sheer influence and prominence of Texas in college football make its actions significant.
John Holden, an associate professor at Oklahoma State, suggests that when influential states like Texas, California, or Florida take a stand, other states tend to follow suit to avoid being left behind.
Provisions of NIL Bill in Texas
The revised Texas legislation incorporates several provisions that are favorable to schools and student-athletes.
One notable change shields state schools from potential NCAA penalties resulting from NIL-related violations. Furthermore, the legislation allows colleges to establish agreements with third-party entities to facilitate NIL activities on their behalf.
These collectives play a vital role in retaining talent and attracting recruits. Additionally, the legislation opens the door for booster groups to fund NIL opportunities, further expanding the avenues for student-athletes to benefit from their name, image, and likeness.
The impact of these changes through the NIL bill on college sports and the future of the NCAA remains to be seen, but it is clear that Texas has taken a bold step toward empowering student-athletes and reshaping the landscape of collegiate athletics.