Illinois adopts name, image and likeness policy for college athletes
ILLINOIS (WFIE) – Governor JB Pritzker signed the Illinois Athlete Endorsement Rights Act on Tuesday, which allows student-athletes across the state to be compensated for their athletic achievements.
Branson Combs, an Evansville native, who is now a wide receiver in Southern Illinois, said the policies are a step in the right direction.
“It’s a huge benefit for just about everyone involved,” Combs said. “It will get more attention than there is already for varsity athletes, so honestly that’s a good thing.”
Illinois law gives college athletes the right to make their own agreements in areas such as marketing.
Following Pritzker’s approval of the policy, the governing bodies of all three NCAA divisions on Wednesday adopted their own provisional uniform name, image and likeness policy for all incoming and current student-athletes across the board. country.
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The NCAA rulings state that all athletes in all three divisions can be compensated, opening up the policy to all athletic departments.
“When it comes to some of the greatest athletes, guys who have followers on social media, this is a step in the right direction,” Combs said. “It’s an opportunity to make money the way they should be able to. I think that is how it should have been, I think it is good that it has been changed and I am happy that it has given all the athletes the opportunity to get this because they have worked to get to where they are.
Both policies will take effect on July 1.
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