Ohio jumps into the name, image, and likeness legislation pool with Governor Mike DeWine’s executive order

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine just leveled the playing field for the state and its college and universities when it comes to the ever-evolving name, image, and likeness debate.

This afternoon, DeWine signed an executive order making it possible for Ohio college athletes to benefit monetarily for their name, image, and likeness. That ability was put in jeopardy because of politics last week when a NIL bill was passed with unanimous bipartisan support through the Senate, only to be hung up when representative Jena Powell added language allowing transgender girls to play boys sports. That led to much debate and chaos about Senate Bill 187.

The executive order signed by DeWine wipes out the controversy and puts NIL front and center for Ohio, joining seven other states that are in the process of implementing their own versions of NIL legislation. Along with the Buckeye State — Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Texas all have laws going into effect on Thursday.

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We’re still waiting for when the Executive Order will be effective in Ohio, but it’s at least a step to give Ohio colleges and universities the same abilities as other states.

And off we go …

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