Gov. Whitmer signs bill allowing collegiate athletes to receive compensation

LANSING, Mich. – On Wednesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a bipartisan legislation that will allow collegiate athletes to receive compensation for the first time in Michigan history.

Student athletes will be able to use their own name, image, likeness, and reputation for financial compensation.

“For years we have all enjoyed the incredible talent of young athletes across the state,” said Gov. Whitmer. This legislation will change the lives of young men and women for years to come.”

Students are not allowed to enter into an apparel contract that conflicts with the apparel contracts of their school, and must disclose contracts to their school prior to signing.

Gov. Whitmer has called on the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to set a national standard so that all states can follow in Michigan’s footsteps and create a consistent framework for student athletes across the country.

Former Running-Back with Detroit Lions and Wayne State University, Joique Bell, expresses his support and appreciation for the passed legislation.

“It’s high time that collegiate players are respected and compensated for the talents that they’ve spent their entire lives trying to perfect,” said Bell. “I’ve always supported the efforts to protect the best interests of athletes, especially those with tremendous abilities who play at all levels of the NCAA. Working two jobs, going to school full time, playing football and raising my son is a lot for any person, especially financially. My story is just one of many for collegiate student athletes. We need to continually find ways to help student athletes get ahead and build their brands early, while also protecting the players and the integrity of the sport.

The legislation – HB 5217 and 5218 – will take effect on December 31, 2022, except for a reporting requirement in Section 9 which has been given immediate effect.

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