Cooper issues decree on the remuneration of college athletes
Cooper’s order, signed Friday, comes a day after NCAA rule change entered into force allow athletes to benefit from their notoriety without endangering their eligibility or putting their school in danger of violating the rules of amateurism.
“This ordinance ensures that North Carolina has rules in place allowing college student-athletes to earn compensation because of their name, image and likeness,” Cooper said. “Treating these athletes fairly and consistently will help our state remain a competitive and desirable place to educate and compete.”
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The NCAA decision suspended restrictions on payments to athletes for opportunities such as sponsorship deals, online referrals and personal appearances. This came after several states – such as Florida, Alabama and Mississippi – already pushed ahead with NIL laws allowing such actions as early as Thursday.
Cooper’s three-page order outlines guidelines that allow schools to prohibit players from making deals if those conflict with an institution’s contracts or “negatively impact” the image. from school. According to a press release, the executive order establishes “a standard to be used by individual institutions when formalizing their own policies and procedures,” while Cooper is working with state lawmakers to pursue formal legislation to complement the executive order.
Some schools, such as Duke, have already published their own NIL guidelines.
At least 25 states have passed laws or issued decrees allowing student-athletes to receive compensation for their name, image and likeness, with up to 10 laws and decrees taking effect Thursday.
Elsewhere, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order last week allowing players to enjoy NIL activities, while Ohio Governor Mike DeWine did so this week.
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