D-I Council Alters Transfer Waiver, Sets NIL Date

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The NCAA Division-I Council is working on two of the biggest issues in college sports.

In a press release Wednesday, the council approved new transfer waiver guidelines and announced its plan to “act on legislative proposals regarding name, image and likeness during its June 22-23 meeting.”

The council’s release opened by announcing new transfer waiver legislation “for student-athletes who aren’t eligible for the one-time transfer exception adopted last month. The new guidelines would apply to anyone who doesn’t meet the criteria for the one-time transfer exception, including students wishing to transfer a second time.”

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Current waiver guidelines will stay in place until January 2022, when the new legislation will require student-athletes to “meet either the current education-impacting disability guideline or an updated guideline that addresses a ‘real and imminent health and safety’ threat” in order to compete immediately after a second transfer.

“The disability guideline requires the transferring student to provide documentation showing that the student-athlete needs support services and/or treatment that was unavailable or inadequate at the previous school but available at the school to which they are transferring,” the release reads. “The health and safety guideline requires schools to provide timely, objective documentation demonstrating that the transfer was due to unique, extenuating and extraordinary circumstances outside the student’s control and caused by an imminent threat to the student’s health or safety.”

The council also discussed the name, image and likeness proposals currently in the system. The goal is to act on legislative proposals regarding NIL during its June 22-23 meeting. Amending the effective date of the proposals from Aug. 1 to July 1 “would provide greater consistency in the name, image and likeness opportunities available to student-athletes nationally as state laws become effective on or around July 1.”

NIL laws in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and New Mexico are scheduled to begin July 1, bringing an end to the longstanding rules that college athletes are ineligible if they receive compensation from their name, image or likeness.

Related content: Emmert: NCAA Should Approve NIL Rules by July 1

According to ESPN, “measures introduced in October would allow athletes to use their name, image and likeness to promote camps and clinics, private lessons, their own products and services, and commercial products or services. They also could be paid for autographs and personal appearances.

“Athletes would be allowed to get professional advice and marketing assistance regarding NIL and have professional representation in contract negotiations with some restrictions.”

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