Florida's name, image, likeness bill for college athletes hits unexpected snag
Florida was set to be among the first states to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness. But now they've run into a potential one-year delay.
Driving the news: Florida's NIL bill was set to take effect on July 1, 2021, but Sen. Travis Hutson (R) added a last-minute amendment into an unrelated bill on Wednesday that would push NIL back to July 1, 2022.
What they're saying: "No one was prepared for it," tweeted law professor Darren Heitner, who helped write the original bill.
- "Legislators were searching for language in the Senate bill when it was rushed to a vote. 'Railroaded' is a word I keep hearing."
- "There is no reason to wait to do the right thing," tweeted FSU football coach Mike Norvell. "The state of Florida was a leader on NIL."
Between the lines: Hutson told SI (subscription) the reason behind his amendment was to first secure a written pledge from the NCAA that no students would be penalized for legally profiting off NIL.
Yes, but: "I think there's absolutely no substance behind that statement made by Hutson," Heitner tells me.
- "I asked so many people how could this possibly happen, why was it snuck in like that ... and I couldn't get a straight answer out of anyone."
The backdrop: Florida's NIL bill wasn't the first to pass (California's was), but it was the first with a 2021 start date, which kickstarted a bit of a trend.
- Four other states have since passed bills that will take effect this July (Alabama, Mississippi, New Mexico, Arizona).
- Six states have passed bills that will kick in as soon as Jan. 1, 2022 (Arkansas, Michigan, California, Colorado, Nebraska, New Jersey).
- Three states are awaiting their governor's signature (Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina), and 17 have introduced a bill this year.
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