NIL thread

tikk10

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Since it seems destined to be a big topic of discussion, and is presently scattered about, I thought I'd start a thread with the actual PA law permitting and regulating NIL for college athletes.

Article XX-K
Intercollegiate Athletics

Section 2001-K. Scope of Article.

This article relates to college athlete compensation related to name, image or likeness and professional representation.

Section 2002-K. Definitions.

The following words and phrases when used in this article shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Athlete Agent." as defined in 5 PA.C.S. § 3102 (relating to definitions.
"College Student Athlete." an individual enrolled at an institution of higher education who participates in intercollegiate athletics for the institution of higher education. The term does not include an individual whose participation is or was in a college intramural sport, club sport or in a professional sport outside of intercollegiate athletics.
"Institution of Higher Education." any of the following:
(1) A university within the state system of higher education.
(2) The Pennsylvania state university, the university of Pittsburgh, temple university, Lincoln university or any other institution designated as state-related by the commonwealth.
(3) The Thaddeus Stevens college of technology.
(4) A community college as defined in article XIX-A.
(5) A college established under article XIX-G.
(6) An institution of higher education located in and incorporated or chartered by the commonwealth and entitled to confer degrees as specified in section 24 PA.C.S. § 6505 (relating to power to confer degrees) and as provided for by the standards and qualifications prescribed by the state board of education under 24 PA.C.S. Ch. 65 (relating to private colleges, universities and seminaries).
(7) A private school licensed under the act of December 15, 1986 (p.l.1585, no.174), known as the private licensed schools act.
(8) A foreign corporation approved to operate an educational enterprise under 22 pa. Code Ch. 36 (relating to foreign corporation standards).
"NCAA." the national collegiate athletic association.

Section 2003-K. Compensation Regarding College Student Athlete's Name, Image or Likeness Rights.

(a) Compensation Allowed.--a college student athlete may earn compensation for the use of the college student athlete's name, image or likeness under this article. The compensation shall be commensurate with the market value of the student athlete's name, image or likeness. The compensation may not be provided in exchange, in whole or in part, for a current or prospective student athlete to attend, participate or perform at a particular institution of higher education.

(b) Prohibition Regarding Institutions of Higher Education.--an institution of higher education may not:
(1) Uphold a rule, requirement, standard or other limitation that prevents a college student athlete of the institution of higher education from earning compensation through the use of the college student athlete's name, image or likeness rights.
(2) Arrange third-party compensation for a college student athlete relating to the use of the college student athlete's name, image or likeness rights or use a similar type of arrangement as an inducement to recruit a prospective college student athlete.

(c) Prohibitions Regarding Intercollegiate Athletic Entities.--an athletic association, conference or other group or organization with authority over intercollegiate athletics, including the NCAA, may not:
(1) Prevent a college student athlete from earning compensation through the use or license of the college student athlete's name, image or likeness rights.
(2) Prevent an institution of higher education from fully participating in intercollegiate athletics as a result of a college student athlete's use of the college student athlete's name, image or likeness rights to seek compensation.

(d) Royalty Payment.--a person that produces a college team jersey, a college team video game or college team trading cards for the purpose of making a profit shall make a royalty payment to each college student athlete whose name, image, likeness or other individually identifiable feature is used.

Section 2004-K. Professional Representation.

(a) Prohibitions.--
(1) An institution of higher education, athletic association, conference or other group or organization with authority over intercollegiate athletics, including the NCAA, may not interfere with or prevent a college student athlete from fully participating in intercollegiate athletics for obtaining professional representation in relation to contracts or legal matters, including representation provided by athlete agents, financial advisors or legal representation provided by attorneys, in relation to a college student athlete's use of the college student athlete's name, image or likeness rights.
(2) An athletic association, conference or other group or organization with authority over intercollegiate athletics, including the NCAA, may not prevent an institution of higher education from fully participating in intercollegiate athletics without penalty to the institution or individual student as a result of a college student athlete obtaining professional representation in relation to contracts or legal matters, including representation provided by athlete agents, financial advisors or legal representation provided by attorneys, in relation to a college student athlete's use of the college student athlete's name, image or likeness rights.

(b) Qualifications.--professional representation obtained by a college student athlete shall be from a person:
(1) Acting as an athlete agent in accordance with 5 PA.C.S. Ch. 33 (relating to registration);
(2) Acting as a financial advisor in accordance with the laws of this commonwealth; or
(3) Admitted to practice law by a court of record of this commonwealth.

(c) Limitation.--a person that represents an institution of higher education may not represent a college student athlete in a business agreement.

Section 2005-K. Scholarships.

(a) Eligibility.--earning compensation from the use of a college student athlete's name, image or likeness rights may not affect the college student athlete's scholarship eligibility, duration or renewal.

(b) Compensation.--
(1) For purposes of this article, an athletics grant-inaid or stipend scholarship from an institution of higher education in which a college student athlete is enrolled may not be considered to limit a college student athlete's right to use the college student athlete's name, image or likeness rights, except as expressly provided in this section.
(2) An athletics grant-in-aid or stipend scholarship may not be revoked or reduced as a result of a college student athlete earning compensation under this article, except if otherwise mandated by federal or state student aid guidelines.

Section 2006-K. Contracts.

(a) Opportunities.--an institution of higher education, athletic association, conference or other group or organization with authority over intercollegiate athletics may not be required to identify, create, facilitate, negotiate or enable opportunities for a college student athlete to earn compensation for the college student athlete's use of the college student athlete's name, image or likeness rights.

(b) Use of Trademarks.--this article shall not establish or grant a right to a college student athlete to use the name, trademarks, services marks, logos, symbols or any other intellectual property, registered or unregistered, of an institution of higher education, athletic association, conference or other group or organization with authority over intercollegiate athletics, in furtherance of the college student athlete's opportunities to earn compensation for the college student athlete's use of the college student athlete's name, image or likeness rights.

(c) Enforcement.--this article shall not limit the right of an institution of higher education to establish and enforce any of the following:
(1) Academic standards, requirements, regulations or obligations for the institution of higher education's college student athletes.
(2) Team rules of conduct or other rules of conduct.
(3) Standards or policies regarding the governance or operation of or participation in intercollegiate athletics.
(4) Disciplinary rules and standards generally applicable to all students of the institution of higher education.

(d) Prohibition.--a college student athlete may not earn compensation as a result of the use of the college student athlete's name, image or likeness in connection with a person, company or organization related to or associated with the development, production, distribution, wholesaling or retailing of any of the following:
(1) Adult entertainment products and services.
(2) Alcohol products.
(3) Casinos and gambling, including sports betting, the lottery and betting in connection with video games, online games and mobile devices.
(4) Tobacco and electronic smoking products and devices.
(5) Prescription pharmaceuticals.
(6) A controlled dangerous substance.

(e) Prohibition.--an institution of higher education may prohibit a college student athlete's involvement in name, image or likeness activities that conflict with existing institutional sponsorship arrangements at the time the college student athlete discloses a contract to the institution of higher education as required under subsection (f). An institution of higher education, at the institution of higher education's discretion, may prohibit a college student athlete's involvement in name, image or likeness activities based on other considerations, such as conflict with institutional values, as defined by the institution of higher education. An institution of higher education shall have policies that specify the name, image or likeness activities in which college student athletes may or may not engage.

(f) Disclosure.--a college student athlete who proposes to enter into a contract providing compensation to the college student athlete for use of the college student athlete's name, image or likeness rights shall disclose the contract at least seven days prior to execution of the contract to an official of the institution of higher education, who is designated by the institution of higher education.

Section 2007-K. Violations and Claims.

(a) Protections and Right to Adjudicate.--a college student athlete, institution of higher education or conference shall not be deprived of a protection provided under state law with respect to a controversy that arises in this commonwealth and shall have the right to adjudication in this commonwealth of a claim that arises in this commonwealth.

(b) Private civil action.--a college student athlete shall have the right to pursue a private civil action against a person that violates this article. The court shall award costs and reasonable attorney fees to a prevailing plaintiff in an action brought against a person violating this article.
 
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Random thought: Having Justin Basch as a de facto Penn Stater has to be huge, both for our program and himself. With NIL coming out, a guy who's an expert brander/marketer is a good guy to have in your corner. His wrestling network is also vast (seems like he can get whoever he wants on his show with Cenzo at any time)
 

dunkej01

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It's about to get interesting. It will be a case of the rich getting richer.

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