New Mexico tops NCPA list of most athlete-friendly NIL states

By Liz Mullen

New Mexico led all states for the most athlete-friendly NIL bill, followed by Maryland, Missouri and Oregon in a three-way tie, according to ratings released today by the National College Players Association. New Mexico received a 90% grade, while Maryland, Missouri, and Oregon each got a grade of 81% under the rating system. Three states -- Alabama, Mississippi and Illinois -- tied for last with a grade of 43%. The states were ranked on how their laws protected college athletes based on 21 different factors, including whether certain sources of NIL income were prohibited and whether a state can fine or a college can sue an athlete over NIL income. The rankings were published today for the 28 states that either have an NIL law or executive order in place. Twenty-two states have no law and those states received a rating of 0%. "They get a 0% grade because there are no laws in place that guarantee players rights," said NCPA Exec Dir Ramogi Huma. "I will say this -- we are applauding every state that passed a law." The NCPA, which fights for college athlete rights, published the ratings for the first time today for two main reasons, Huma said. One was to provide information to help decide what schools to go to or transfer to, he said. Secondly, it gives state lawmakers the ability to improve existing laws or create more athlete-friendly new ones for the states that have not yet passed laws.

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New Mexico 90%
Maryland 81%
Missouri 81%
Oregon 81%
California 76%
Nebraska 76%
New Jersey 76%
Ohio 76%
Colorado 71%
Michigan 71%
Montana 71%
Nevada 71%
Connecticut 67%
Pennsylvania 67%
Arizona 62%
Kentucky 62%
North Carolina 62%
Texas 62%
Louisiana 57%
Tennessee 57%
Arkansas 52%
Florida 52%
Georgia 52%
Oklahoma 52%
South Carolina 48%
Alabama 43%
Illinois 43%
Mississippi 43%
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