States are passing bills that differ in language, but essentially provide basic provisions, namely, an athlete’s NIL rights cannot be restricted by schools and conferences; athletes can hire an agent; and deals must be disclosed to the school.  They are not, however, all uniform.

Most of these NIL proposals are favorable for athletes; some are more restrictive than others.  There are a wide range of effective dates. At least two states could see their laws take effect even before Florida’s (July 2021). Alabama’s bill would kick in two months after the governor signs it, and New York’s bill would take effect immediately.

NCAA efforts to change its rules have stalled.  Congress is in the mix, with several federal bills in various stages.  Even an upcoming Supreme Court ruling will have an impact.  But the action is now at the state level.  Stay tuned.....