COLUMBUS – Today, Governor Mike DeWine signed an executive order on college athletes in universities earning compensation from their name, image, and likeness. The language of the executive order is similar to the language from Senate Bill 187 sponsored by State Senator Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg). Because this is an executive order, it is limited to colleges and universities. The executive order prohibits any college or university from preventing a student from participating in athletics or otherwise punishing them as a result of earning this compensation from their name, image, and likeness effective July 1. Thus, student athletes at colleges and universities will be able to earn compensation from their name, image, and likeness.
Antani released the following statement regarding the executive order:
“I am grateful Governor DeWine signed this executive order, at my request, which will allow college athletes to earn compensation from their name, image, and likeness at our universities here in Ohio,” Antani said. “Last week I said that I would pursue all avenues to get this done, and I am very happy that we were able to do that by the July 1 deadline. While the executive order has the force of law for university students, I will continue to pursue legislation on name, image, and likeness so that our students can also benefit.”