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DJ Steward #2 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball during a game against the Louisville Cardinals on March 10, 2021 in Greensboro, North CarolinaPhoto: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

The NCAA Division I council recommended Monday that the organization waive a current rule that prohibits college athletes from profiting from their name, image and likeness.

Why it matters: The recommendation still has to be approved by the NCAA's board of governors, which is set to meet on Wednesday. New laws allowing student athletes to profit from their personal brands are set to take effect in at least eight states on Thursday.

  • Similar laws are set to take effect in more than a dozen other states in the coming years, reports the Washington Post.

The big picture: The policy would still maintain rules that prohibit pay-for-play and "improper inducements tied to choosing to attend a particular school," the NCAA noted in the statement.

  • The policy would remain in place until new federal legislation is passed or the NCAA creates new NIL rules.
  • The NCAA added that college athletes will be allowed to employe a "professional services provider for NIL activities" and should report all such activities that are consistent with their state laws and conference rules to their schools.

Go deeper: NCAA president says athletes should be able to get paid starting in 2021.

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Students skip college

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

As more and more employers nix college degrees as a hiring requirement, students are choosing cheaper, faster alternatives to college like coding boot camps.

Why it matters: The cost of college keeps climbing, and federal student loan debt sits at a whopping $1.6 trillion. Students are debating whether college is worth it — especially when it may no longer be necessary to get a high-paying job.

DOJ sues American Airlines, JetBlue to block "unprecedented" alliance

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The Justice Department on Tuesday sued American Airlines and JetBlue to block an "unprecedented series of agreements" that will consolidate the two airlines' operations in Boston and New York City.

Why it matters: The civil antitrust complaint alleges that the planned Northeast Alliance (NEA) "will cause hundreds of millions of dollars in harm to air passengers across the country through higher fares and reduced choice," the DOJ said in a release.

FBI: Body identified as Gabby Petito, death ruled a homicide

A memorial dedicated to Gabby Petito near City Hall in North Port, Fla. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

A body found in Teton County, Wyoming, on Sunday was confirmed to be the remains of missing 22-year-old blogger Gabby Petito, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Driving the news: The death was ruled a homicide by the Teton County coroner's office, the FBI said. The cause of death has not been determined.