MANSFIELD, Connecticut — The University of Connecticut, the state's arguably most recognizable athletic program, has released a full policy for its student-athletes name, image, and likeness procedures (NIL).
Recently, the NCAA and Governor Ned Lamont signed legislation allowing students to be compensated while play their sport in college.
The Public Act 21-1 will allow student-athletes to earn pay through an endorsement contract or employment. College athletes will also be able to hire legal or professional representation of an attorney or sports agent. This will go into effect on September 1, 2021.
“For decades, student-athletes have been unfairly prevented from being compensated for use of their own image, while other organizations have made billions from the performance of these college students,” Gov. Lamont said back in June. “I’m glad to have signed this bill into law and add Connecticut to the growing list of states that say student-athletes should be able to be compensated for their talents.”
The policy outlines the do's and don't's for the student-athletes. For example, student-athletes will not be able to use crowdfunding platforms like GoFundMe or apps used to accept money from outside people like CashApp.
Students will be able to use crowdfunding platforms to solicit money for the use of NIL in regards for fundraising activities and for "actual and necessary expenses for outside competition."
Also something of note, student-athletes will not be able to miss team-required events due to endorsement contracts or employment activities. This could include practices, competition, media activities arranged by UConn, and team-building activities.
Below is the policy released by the university:
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