Man, what’s the world coming to when the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics doesn’t have the NCAA’s back?
Schools in the small-college organization recently received proposed legislation that removes the word “reasonable” from previous NAIA rules that allowed athletes “reasonable compensation for use of name, image and likeness …”
In considering the change, NAIA commissioner Jim Carr said it would be difficult for his organization “to determine what’s reasonable and what’s not” going forward.
In addition, NAIA athletes — unlike those governed by the NCAA — could represent their schools while earning that outside compensation.
Such legislation would be considered far less controversial than an NCAA version. Due to economic and professional issues, the NCAA continues to wrestle with the name, image and likeness concept. In general, the NCAA does not allow such compensation. A working group is expected next month to make recommendations to the NCAA Council relaxing some of those restrictions.
The NAIA proposal is expected to be less restrictive than what will eventually be adopted by the NCAA. The NAIA legislation is similar to the California law due to go into effect in 2023, having limited restrictions and allowing athletes to have an agent.
If the measure passes, the NAIA would be the first college organization to allow athletes to earn money from outside entities based on their notoriety.
Death knell for small college athletics, amirite? If it’s not, though, how does the NCAA rationalize that?