The governor of Michigan signed House Bill 5217 into law permitting student-athletes enrolled in a colleges and universities in Michigan to be paid for the use of their names, images, and likenesses, to hire representatives to represent student-athletes’ interests, and declaring that a student-athlete may not be compelled to forfeit his/her rights in order to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Arizona becomes the eleventh state to enact legislation that permits student-athletes to accept compensation for their names, images, and likenesses (following California, Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Arizona). The law takes effect on December 31, 2022.
In most respects, the Michigan act is similar to predecessor acts enacted in California, Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Arizona. In pertinent part, the act provides a student-athlete may:
In turn, student-athletes are required to or prohibited from doing the using their names, images, and likenesses in the following circumstances:
The Act requires that any athlete agent, financial advisor, or attorney representing or advising a student must be licensed in Michigan.