Et tu, NAIA?

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?


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3 responses to “Et tu, NAIA?

  1. 69Dawg

    Look for the poor great football payers to opt for this and if the Mouse gets involved in some sort of TV deal the NCAA would be screwed for sure. As it is this will make it hard for the NCAA to use it’s arguments to oppose the NIL legislation in any form.


  2. Mayor

    Some kids (not 5 stars mind you) actually might opt for NAIA schools because of this. You say “no?” What about the local Chevy dealer paying the star QB or RB of the local NAIA small college to endorse his dealership and show up there for signing autographs? I can see a kid getting $500 per appearance and doing that 10-15 times per year. The local radio station playing commercials where the kid gets paid $50 every time the commercial is played on-air. Billboards–who knows how much a kid could get for that? I can see where a local football star could clear $50K per year doing those things. The linemen? No way.


  3. Michael

    As should be.