I am a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Student-athletes have a voice in the NCAA through advisory committees at the campus, conference, and national level. Each committee is made up of student-athletes (2 from every sport) assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience and offer input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on campus.
Last Tuesday was our legislative grids meeting where we vote on potential new rules for all college sports in the NCAA. The meeting didn’t take long because there were just 3 regulations that we had to vote and give feedback on.
The first rule got my attention immediately. It stated how the NCAA’s highest governing body supported a rule change to allow student-athletes to receive compensation for third-party endorsements both related to and separate from athletics. It also supports compensation for other student-athlete opportunities, such as social media, businesses they have started.
At the moment, I am working so hard to create a ZG brand name without being in any business. After college tennis, I will start a business up with a “fanbase”. From experience, people think it is weird and tend to not stick around, if they can’t find your clear purpose/product online.
For me, this rule-change comes a little late because I am in my last to second last year of college tennis in America. Now, using your name for a business as a student-athlete is prohibited. Even though, it might be too late for me to profit from this rule, I am sure it will bring good things to future student-athletes.