INDIANAPOLIS – The Division II Presidents Council on Wednesday voted to advance several legislative proposals to the 2021 NCAA Convention, including concepts that would permit student-athletes to benefit from their name, image and likeness. The council also supported a legislative proposal that would allow nonqualifiers access to both athletics aid and practice.
Additionally, the Presidents Council voted to cancel Division II’s seven fall 2020 championships due to the operational, logistical and financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The legislative proposals approved by the Presidents Council will be voted on at the NCAA Convention in January via Division II’s one-institution, one-vote legislative process. Any legislative proposals passed at the Convention would take effect Aug. 1, 2021.
Because of the requirement that all proposals for the Convention be submitted by Sept. 1, the name, image and likeness concepts approved by the Presidents Council will return to the Division II Administrative Committee in legislative form for approval of the language at its Aug. 26 meeting.
“While our discussion on the NIL proposals noted with some apprehension that these concepts are a shift from our current legislation, we acknowledged the Legislation Committee’s thorough work in developing them that included vast membership input and prioritized student-athlete voice,” said Sandra Jordan, chancellor at South Carolina Aiken and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “We believe these opportunities can occur in a manner that is consistent with the NCAA’s core values, mission and principles, while prioritizing student-athlete well-being and ensuring that students also continue to focus on completing a degree. The recommended administrative framework for these changes ensures that the legislation will be transparent and enforceable, which falls in line with the Board of Governors’ principles.”
The name, image and likeness recommendations fall into two categories: activities related to student-athlete businesses and the promotion/endorsement of third-party products and services. They are detailed below:
Further, consistent with the Board of Governors’ principles that any legislative changes be transparent and enforceable, the Presidents Council voted to recommend the following administrative framework for the concepts above: