June 1, 2023
Spencer Fane’s lawyer, Peter Gopplerd, recently published an article Sports Business Journal. In it, he comments on the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCA) approach to regulating how college athletes monetize the use of their names, images and likenesses (NIL).
In an op-ed, College Sports Doesn’t Need Congressional Protection — It Needs Bold, Creative Leadership , Peter explored the need to secure federal legislation that would establish national standards to regulate NIL activities. Noting that Congress has shown little understanding of the “Wild West” situation created by NIL, Peters concludes that college sports leaders and organizations themselves are best placed to lead the charge in this arena.
“Presidents, athletic directors and conference commissioners have to figure this out themselves,” Peters said. “It is high time that we set up a committee or working group that includes current athletes and is responsible for developing a NIL approach to convince the athletes that they do not need to legislate in this area.”
At Spencer Fane, Peter serves as a consultant in the higher education practice. He is a frequent lecturer with a focus on higher education and sports law and has published widely in the area of sports law, co-authoring one of the leading textbooks on the subject. Peter has extensive accreditation experience, particularly in legal education, having chaired several ABA site assessment groups.
Read the full article here.