[online game and earn money]NCAA to let student-athletes earn money from use of name, image

  DALLAS — The NCAA has cleared the way for athletes to profit off their name, just as legislation is soon to become law in several states that would allow for such compensation.

  The expected approval from the NCAA Board of Directors came a few days after a recommendation from the Division I Council to allow athletes in every state to pursue compensation for their name, image and likeness without jeopardizing their college eligibility.

  ”The locker room is insane right now, like I said before, it’s a mixture of chaos and excitement!” said quarterback Mo Hasan of USC, who went on to say, “in some sense it’s really exciting, and in another way, it’s also kind of chaotic just because we don’t really know exactly what is going on and what are the regulations what are the specifics.”

  Defensive back Armauni Archie of Washington State University and originally from Vallejo, California, is eager to explore possible video game or social media opportunities.

  ”We’re all very excited about this, we think this is going to be a good opportunity for us, we talk about it every day,” Archie said.

  The NCAA’s decision to suspend restrictions on payments to athletes for things such as sponsorship deals, online endorsements and personal appearances applies to all three divisions or some 460,000 athletes.

  The NCAA also is allowing athletes to enter into agreements with agents while encouraging them to keep schools informed. The NCAA said schools are responsible “for determining whether those activities are consistent with state law.”

  ”This is an important day for college athletes since they all are now able to take advantage of name, image and likeness opportunities,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “With the variety of state laws adopted across the country, we will continue to work with Congress to develop a solution that will provide clarity on a national level.”

  The NCAA wants to have federal laws or its own permanent rules regarding the issue known as NIL, but was forced to seek a temporary solution rather than have athletes in some states eligible for compensation while others were not.

  More than 10 states have laws set to go into effect Thursday that would have undercut existing NCAA rules regarding such compensation for athletes.

  California State Senator Nancy Skinner reacted to the news Wednesday night.

  ”I’m thrilled,” she said. “This is a true victory for student-athletes, college athletes that have been exploited for decades, so I feel really proud that California had a significant role. We kick-started this effort, 22 states followed us and what was the NCAA to do? So they finally threw in the towel.”

  Without NCAA action, athletes in some states could be making money without putting their college eligibility in jeopardy while their counterparts in other states could be in danger of breaking NCAA rules.

  There has been hesitation over college athletes receiving money for years, though. Many already have full scholarships, which often equate to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  ”Yes there is going to be a monetary upside, but what concerns me the most is that teams are successful because everybody is pulling the same way and now that we’re dealing with money which might not be equal, that does concern me,” said former sports executive with the Oakland Athletics Andy Dolich.

  The NCAA’s stopgap measure comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the association in a case involving education-related benefits. That 9-0 ruling is expected to impact issues related to compensation for athletes.

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