NAIA follows NCAA on Pay-For-Play Law

Just five months after the National Collegiate Athletic Association passed the law where athletes could profit off of their name, image, and likeness, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics follows up and does the same. 

In a statement from the NAIA, they clarified what the law does, and how it is even more advantageous than the one the NCAA passed in October.

“The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics will consider name, image and likeness legislation that would essentially allow unlimited outside compensation for athletes based on their fame. In addition, NAIA athletes — unlike those governed by the NCAA — could represent their schools while earning that outside compensation.”

The NAIA went a step ahead of the NCAA in this law for many reasons. In a CBS Sports interview,  NAIA Commissioner Jim Carr stated one of those reasons.

“I think it’s the idea that the vast majority — almost all — of our student-athletes are not getting full scholarships,” Carr said. “If they can go out make a little extra money to pay for the rising cost of education, then it’s something we should allow them to do. For us, the risk of creating a recruiting advantage because of booster or influences like that is much smaller than it is at the highest levels of the NCAA.”

As an NAIA athlete myself, that makes total sense. We simply don’t get the scholarship money that top-tier athletes do in the NCAA. It’s part of the game.

Darren Porche, a Sterling College Football manager thinks the law will help schools and athletes financially. 

“I truly think when you’re at a small school like an NAIA school it’s hard to come up with funds, so the fact that these athletes can now make money off of their name is great,” said Porche. 

Sterling College track athlete Kody Marvin also has an optimistic approach to the new law but thinks some athletes may not use it as wisely.

“I think athletes can make a profit even at the NAIA level. Some athletes will just look at this as a chance to get paid and not take it as a way to show their talents and use these years of eligibility to prove what they can do,” said Marvin.

Whether or not NAIA athletes will actually profit from this law has yet to be seen, but unlike a month ago, they now have the ability to do just that.

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