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DIII Presidents Council withdraws name, image and likeness proposal

Council reaffirms commitment to modernizing legislation at first practicable opportunity

Name, image and likeness legislation has been withdrawn from Friday’s Division III’s business session during the virtual 2021 NCAA Convention.

The Division III Presidents Council approved a recommendation Thursday from the Division III Management Council to withdraw Proposal No. 2021-01, which would have allowed Division III student-athletes to use their name, image and likeness to promote their own work product or service and endorse third-party products or services.

The pause comes a day after the NCAA Board of Governors, the Association’s top governing body, supported a postponement on anticipated votes on name, image and likeness, citing recent judicial, political and governmental enforcement events. The Division III Management Council recommended the division’s Presidents Council delay voting and reaffirm its commitment to provide name, image and likeness opportunities to Division III student-athletes “as soon as practicable,” once those concerns are worked through.

“Though we’re very disappointed to not put the proposal to a vote by the Division III membership tomorrow, we understand that this is not feasible at this time given the current environment,” said Mary-Beth Cooper, a member of the Presidents Council and president at Springfield who served on the NCAA Board of Governors Federal and State Legislation Working Group. “Our division’s governance structure has formed two concepts providing student-athletes the opportunity to use their name, image and likeness for promotional purposes, and we are eager to resolve necessary issues and to act to modernize NIL legislation at the first practicable opportunity.”

The Presidents Council will share the decision with the membership at the Division III Issues Forum on Thursday afternoon. Friday’s business session is still scheduled for noon Eastern time, following a 10:30 a.m. presentation from keynote speaker Lenora Billings-Harris titled “Turning Barriers into Bridges by Disrupting Bias to Accelerate Results.”

Three-year budget cycle

The Presidents Council approved a one-time, three-year budget cycle in Division III for 2021-22 through 2023-24. The Division III Strategic Planning and Finance Committee proposed the recommendation of a three-year cycle over the traditional biannual cycle due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Division III finances and this time period representing the final year of the Association’s current broadcast agreement.

Departing members

Thursday’s meeting was the last for Tori Murden McClure, chair and president at Spalding, and Javier Cevallos, president at Framingham State, who are finishing their terms on the Presidents Council. At the conclusion of the Convention, Fayneese Miller, president at Hamline, will begin her tenure as chair, while Troy Hammond, president at North Central (Illinois), will serve as vice chair.