EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NIL AND INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE ATHLETE ISSUE
When the NCAA implemented its Interim NIL Policy on July 1, 2021, and the Congress failed to pass an NIL bill, it meant that all college athletes would be able to monetize their rights of publicity, except for possibly one group of athletes – those international athletes on F-1 visas, which greatly restrict opportunities to earn compensation. Violating visa requirements can lead to dire consequences for international athletes. There are, however, some possible workaround approaches to F-1 visa requirements that athletics departments should know about until there is possibly a federal solution, such as a federal NIL statute or carve outs in federal immigration law. In that light, on Tuesday, LEAD1 hosted its latest webinar where prominent immigration attorneys at Akin Gump discussed current immigration law, implications on NIL, how the law applies to NIL, workaround opportunities, and possible federal solutions to address the issue.