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Is a federal name image & likeness solution on the horizon for US college sport?

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Friday, 28 July 2023 By David Weber

This summer, there are more and more signs of movement on Capitol Hill in the name, image, and likeness (“NIL”) space with multiple proposals floating about. A federal law regulating NIL could provide instant uniformity across the country. The six current draft bills vary widely in their approach and range from a college athlete bill of rights to an antitrust exemption that would allow an entity (presumably the NCAA) to impose significant restraints in the realm of collegiate sports.

This article discusses state NIL action and the NCAA’s attempts to resist state regulation along with their desire for a uniform set of rules. Part 2 of this article discusses each of the six bills in further depth.

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David Weber

David Weber

Prof. Weber joined the Creighton University School of Law faculty in 2008. He graduated with his J.D. from the University of Minnesota, magna cum laude, where he was co-editor-in-chief of what is now the Minnesota Journal of International Law. He is a member of Order of the Coif.

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