NCAA Permits Students to Receive Compensation on Name, Image, and Likeness

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 17: Luke Morgan #25 of the Michigan Wolverines faces off against Patrick Khodorenko #55 of the Michigan State Spartans during the second period of the annual NCAA hockey game, Duel in the D at Little Caesars Arena on February 17, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Spartans 4-1. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

The NCAA has approved for student athletes to receive compensation on their name, image, and likeness. As of July 1st this is being instated on an interim basis until a more formal rule can be made.

This is huge for student athletes! This not only makes it possible for student athletes to cash in on their success, but also an opportunity for some of the athletes that won’t make it to the pro’s.

For a long time the NCAA has made billions off of the backs of student-athletes, and then in the same breath told them they can’t monetize their brand.

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How does this impact hockey? I think this can impact hockey in a huge way because a lot of top talent players play in juniors and don’t go to college. That being said, yes there are players who go to college and then get drafted but having the opportunity to get compensated is a very big incentive. Especially for elite prospects who are trying to figure out where they are going to play for the best chance to crack the NHL.

This will be great for colleges as well. I think better players that are playing in juniors and other leagues will want to go play hockey in college because they will have an opportunity to make some money.

College has a lot to offer that playing in juniors doesn’t:

  1. An environment with peers their age. Hanging out with friends and experiencing college and getting paid to do it.
  2. There is a slower maturation process. Kids trying to make it in the big leagues often go from league to league with men older than them. Being around others closer to their age will help them mature naturally and slowly grow into bigger roles. Some players have too much put on them at a young age and that can ruin their development. It goes both ways though.
  3. Getting an education. Obviously, a player’s career doesn’t last forever. Having something to fall back on will help when it is time to retire. Education can help them make better business and financial decisions.
  4. Location. One big motivation for playing in college could be to choose the location of where you play. Being able to make that choice would give players an opportunity to play closer to home, or a place they want to go.

Obviously, these aren’t the only reasons why elite players would want to play in college. Can you name any others? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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