University of Dayton athletes prepare for potential NCAA changes, compensation bill

DAYTON — The NCAA will make a decision Wednesday on whether or not to universally allow college athletes to get paid for their name, image, and likeness.

More than a dozen states are already allowing it. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed an Executive Order Monday to legalize the compensation of college athletes without jeopardizing their amateur status. DeWine said Ohio schools have to stay competitive.

“Without these guidelines, Ohio colleges and universities would have a harder time attracting student athletes who could go elsewhere,” he said.

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At the University of Dayton (UD), college athletes will not be getting a paycheck for playing a game, but they will be allowed to sign an endorsement deal or work with an agent.

Neil Sullivan, UD’s Athletic Director, said under the new state order campus leaders will not stand in the way of Flyer athletes hoping to turn their fame into profits.

“Our position, our market size, the relationship we have with our fan base, the business community, we’re going to look at it as an opportunity,” he said.

UD said it will not broker deals for student-athletes and school logos cannot be used unless secured through a written statement. The school also said it has no plans to give student-athletes a cut of jersey sales.

Sullivan does encourage athletes to find chances to get paid, and says money talk is already part of the school’s recruiting pitch.

“Our coaches are out on the road a week into June,” he said.

“They’re making offers to people, it’s part of the conversation.”

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DeWine’s order does not allow pay-for-play and it requires athletes to disclose any agreements.

This is not the only long-standing NCAA rule that is being questioned.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ended a rule that had banned schools from giving sports stars educational benefits like laptops and paid internships.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh said policies like the NCAA’s exist nowhere else in America.