NAIA passes landmark legislation

The Herald Staff

The NAIA passed the first legislation of its kind in college sports to allow its student-athletes the opportunity to be compensated for use of their name, image and likeness.

The legislation approved Tuesday by NAIA membership follows a yearlong discussion on the topic and extends previous legislation relaxing NAIA rules related to amateurism and NIL.

“This is a landmark day for the NAIA, and we are happy to lead the way in providing additional opportunities for our student-athletes,” NAIA president and CEO Jim Carr said. “The time was right for the NAIA to ensure our student-athletes can use their name, image and likeness in the same ways as all other college students.”

The legislation, which is an amendment to existing language under the NAIA Amateur Code, allows a student-athlete to receive compensation for promoting any commercial product, enterprise, or for any public or media appearance. It is now permissible for a student-athlete to reference their intercollegiate athletic participation in such promotions or appearances.