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Data: Axios Research; Chart: Axios Visuals

Tennessee became the 15th state to pass a bill allowing college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness, and it's the sixth set to take effect on July 1, 2021.

Yes, but: If NCAA president Mark Emmert gets his way, a broader, nationwide measure will be enacted before that date. That seems unlikely, but he plans to meet with Congress this week.

Why it matters: If no federal NIL bill passes before July 1, schools in states who've already passed their own legislation could have a significant recruiting advantage.

The state of play: College athletes in Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and New Mexico can begin profiting off NIL on July 1, 2021, and Arizona will join them three weeks later.

  • Eight more states have passed laws set to take effect between 2022 and 2025: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey and South Carolina.
  • And three states' NIL bills have already passed through either the state House or Senate: Maryland, Texas, and Kansas.

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

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Updated May 12, 2021 - Economy & Business

Colonial Pipeline hack: Gas shortage grips southeast U.S.

A person filling multiple gas canisters at a gas station in Benson, North Carolina, on May 12. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

At least 11 states and Washington, D.C. are experiencing gas shortages after a ransomware attack forced Colonial Pipeline, a critical pipeline running from Texas to New York, offline on Saturday, according to crowdsourced data collected by the app GasBuddy.

Why it matters: The event demonstrates how a cyber breach of critical infrastructure can cripple large swaths of the country and that no company is safe from ransomware attempts.

WHO warns against travel bans on southern African countries

Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization regional director for Africa. Photo: Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

The World Health Organization called on countries Sunday to not impose travel bans on southern African nations amid concerns over the new COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Why it matters: The U.S. and countries in Europe and the Asia-Pacific announced travel restrictions in response to Omicron, which was first detected in South Africa. It's since spread to several European countries, Canada, Israel, Australia and Hong Kong. The WHO noted in a statement that only two southern African nations have detected the new variant.

Updated 4 hours ago - Health

First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.