On September 14, 2020, the governor of New Jersey signed Bill NJ S971 (i.e., the “New Jersey Fair Play Act”) into law permitting student-athletes enrolled in an institution of higher education in New Jersey 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. New Jersey becomes the fifth state to enact legislation that permits student-athletes to accept compensation for their names, images, and likenesses (following California, Colorado, Florida, and Nebraska). The law takes effect immediately, but shall be applicable “the fifth academic year following the date of enactment.”
In most respects, the New Jersey act is similar to predecessor acts enacted in California, Colorado, Florida, and Nebraska. In pertinent part, the act provides a four-year institution of higher education in New Jersey shall not:
In turn, student-athletes are required to or prohibited from do the following:
Like Florida, the New Jersey act requires student-athletes obtaining legal representation are required to use lawyers licensed by the State of New Jersey. Athlete agents are required to comply with the terms of the Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act (i.e., SPARTA), federal legislation adopted to regulate athlete agents.