College athletes in five states will be allowed to enter into endorsement deals as of July 1, 2021, but there will be limitations on the types of companies and contracts that they are able to execute and deliver upon. On May 10, I looked at the name, image, and likeness (NIL) laws in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and New Mexico to determine what types of conflicts may exist for third-party service providers. But what about the athletes themselves? Do they need to worry about possible conflicts before negotiating deals with brands?
Florida’s NIL law says: