Gov. Tom Wolf recently joined Penn State University athletes, university leadership and lawmakers at Beaver Stadium to celebrate the passing of Act 26 of 2021, which allows Pennsylvania collegiate athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness.
“Pennsylvania is home to many outstanding student athletes who devote countless hours of their time, effort and passion to achievement both in the classroom and on the field,” said Wolf. “The new chapter for athletes across Pennsylvania will allow collegiate athletes to finally earn compensation for endorsements without sacrifice to the sport they have dedicated much of their lives to play.”
Act 26 of 2021 amends the Public School Code to allow athletes at Pennsylvania colleges to earn money from endorsements, such as sponsorships and appearances, and still be allowed to compete. Act 26 does not allow student athletes to receive payment for playing a sport or athletic achievement. Rather, Pennsylvania’s new law provides student athletes with an opportunity to benefit financially from their NIL.
“This step toward fairness for athletes aligns with changes taking place in other states at the national level within the NCAA,” said Wolf. “It will also help to ensure that Pennsylvania colleges and universities remain competitive to future athletic prospects. This is an exciting moment for athletes and colleges in Pennsylvania, and I am proud to sign the law allowing for these opportunities.”