VIRGINIA SCHOOLS CAN PAY ATHLETES DIRECTLY THROUGH N. I. L., NEW LAW ALLOWS!

By Hank Allison

Virginia schools will be able to directly pay athletes via name, image and likeness deals thanks to a state law signed this morning, marking another significant step in the professionalization of college sports.

The new law takes effect July 1, and is the first in any state to make it illegal for the NCAA to punish a school for compensating athletes for their NIL rights.

Current NCAA rules prohibit schools from signing NIL deals with their own players. The law could either give Virginia schools a significant recruiting advantage or provide a catalyst for similar changes elsewhere.

“If this law gets us closer to a federal or a national solution for college athletics then it will be more than worthwhile,” University of Virginia athletic director Carla Williams said.

“Until then, we have an obligation to ensure we maintain an elite athletics program at UVA.”

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