Lesson Plan: Choice Board - Compensating College Athletes for their Name, Image and Likeness (NIL)

Sen. Cory Booker on Supporting College Athletes

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) remarks on comprehensive support of student athletes.

Description

The issue of student athletes having the right to be compensated for use of their name, image and likeness (NIL) has been growing across the country. In addition, access to health care and equity are issues that have been discussed. In this lesson, students will hear from university and sports representatives, as well as student athletes and attorneys as they provide their perspectives on these topics and how they should be addressed.

Procedures

  • SET-UP:

    This lesson offers several options for you to use with your students whether you are teaching in class, using a hybrid model, or engaging through distance learning. It can be completed in steps as a class or students can move at their own pace and complete the activities independently.

    You can post links to the videos in the lesson along with the related handouts and engage in discussion to share responses on a discussion board or learning management system.

    You can also save and share the following Google resources for students to use with this lesson.

    Vocabulary Chart (Google Doc)

    Note-Taking Chart (Google Doc)

    Handout with Questions Google Doc)

    Choice Board with Activities (Google Slides)

    In Google, choose "File" then "Make a Copy" to get your own copy. You can make any needed adjustments in the instructions such as which activities students need to complete, when it is due, etc. and then make it available to them via Google.

  • WARM-UP:

    Ask students to consider the statement below and take a stand on their position. If done in class, students can line up on a continuum line with the words AGREE on one end and DISAGREE on the other. If using this lesson virtually, students can reply in a chat feature (yes, no, maybe) or with a thumbs-up, down or sideways in a video chat.

    College athletes should have the right to be compensated for use of their name, image, and likeness.

    Ask several students to volunteer to share their positions.

  • INTRODUCTION:

    Have students view the following two video clips and respond to the related questions to establish background information on the topic. This can be done as a whole class or students can work individually or in pairs. Through whole class discussion, have students share their responses to ensure understanding before moving on to the exploration.

    Video Clip 1: Sen. Cory Booker on Supporting College Athletes (3:13)

    Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) remarks on comprehensive support of student athletes.

    • According to Sen. Booker, how are modern college athletics exploiting students?

    • Describe some of the issues that impact student athletes as Sen. Booker discusses.
  • Video Clip 2: Sen. Roger Wicker on Name, Image, and Likeness Laws (3:49)

    Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) discusses the issue of college athletes' name. image and likeness rights. He explains steps that have been taken regarding federal and state laws.

    • Explain Congress' perspective on this issue as Sen. Wicker discusses.

    • Explain the impact a federal law could have on this issue.

    • Describe the advantages/disadvantages when some states' laws become effective.
  • EXPLORATION:

    Have students view the following video clips and respond to the accompanying questions. They can watch each video independently or view a video with a partner. You can also jigsaw this portion of the lesson and have students view them by content: student athlete, school, sports or law. They should take notes on the handout and prepare responses to the questions to share them in class discussion.

    Video Clip 3: NCAA Athlete Christina Chenault on Student Compensation and Health Care (4:54)

    Christina Chenault, former Univ. of CA Los Angeles Division 1 athlete, discusses the importance of compensation including legislation to allow student athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness (NIL) during their college years as well as proper health care.

    • Describe Christine Chenault's experiences as a student athlete.

    • What are her views on compensation for athletes?

    • Explain her position on health and safety for athletes.

    • Describe the education limits that are placed on student athletes that Christina Chenault discusses.
  • Video Clip 4: NCAA Athlete Sari Cureton on Student Compensation and Health Care (5:23)

    Sari Cureton, former Georgetown Univ. Division 1 athlete, discusses the issues of student athlete compensation, equity and health care.

    • Describe Sari Cureton experiences as a student athlete.

    • Explain her position on student athlete compensation and health care resources.

    • Explain the inequality in athletics that Sari Cureton discusses.
  • Video Clip 5: Gonzaga University Men's Basketball Head Coach Mark Few on Compensating College Athletes (6:24)

    Gonzaga University Men's Basketball Head Coach Mark Few discusses college athletes' compensation rights with consideration of the collegiate model. He explains the need for support at the Congressional level to provide equitable programs. Mr. Few also shares the value of the college experience for student athletes.

    • Explain Mark Few's position on student athletes profiting from their name, image, and likeness.

    • Why does Mr. Few contend they need help from Congress?

    • Describe the welfare he discusses, related to healthcare, that is offered to student athletes at Gonzaga.

    • Describe the value of a college experience as Mr. Few explains.
  • Video Clip 6: Howard University Wayne Frederick on Compensating College Athletes (5:51)

    Howard University Wayne Frederick discusses legislation to support student athletes' rights and compensation. He talks about the impact this could have on smaller educational institutions, including historically black colleges and universities.

    • Explain the position of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regarding name, image, and likeness compensation for student athletes as Dr. Frederick discusses.

    • Discuss some of the concerns regarding legislation that he describes in his testimony.
  • Video Clip 7: ESPN College Football Analyst Rod Gilmore (6:42)

    Rod Gilmore talks about monetizing the names, images, and likeness of college athletes. He discusses protections for these students as well as the impact of state and federal legislation.

    • According to Rod Gilmore, how have the NCAA, universities, administrators, and coaches, historically benefitted from this marketplace?

    • Explain the potential impact a third party can have on this issue as Mr. Gilmore describes.

    • How does Mr. Gilmore view the lack of opportunity for players to monetize from their name, image, and likeness?

    • What three proposals does Mr. Gilmore suggest for the Congressional committee?

    • Explain his position on federal vs state laws regarding this issue.
  • Video Clip 8: NCAA President Mark Emmert on Compensating College Athletes (5:33)

    President Mark Emmert discusses support for a federal bill for student athletes to receive compensation for their name, image, and likeness.

    • What action is the NCAA currently taking regarding student compensation for use of their name, image, and likeness?

    • Explain the position of the NCAA on this issue.

    • What are the five key elements the NCAA would like the committee to include in federal legislation that Mark Emmert discusses?

    • Explain the position of the NCAA regarding additional issues, other than name, image, and likeness, that impact student athletes.
  • Video Clip 9: Attorney Michael McCann on Compensating College Athletes (7:12)

    Michael McCann, Sportico legal analyst and senior sports legal reporter, discusses the options for student athlete compensation for name, image, and likeness under state and federal laws. He discusses challenges and proposes ten steps as the framework for a federal statute.

    • According to Michael McCann, what are some of the reasons that name, image, and likeness rights are long overdue for student athletes?

    • Explain the possible impact states' laws could have on this issue in the free market as Mr. McCann discusses.

    • Discuss the reasons why a national model would make more sense as Mr. McCann suggests.
  • Video Clip 10: Marquette University's Matthew Mitten on NIL Federal Legislation (6:21)

    Matthew Mitten, executive director, Marquette University National Sports Law Institute, discusses the provisions that would be necessary to enact federal name, image, and likeness legislation for intercollegiate athletes.

    • Discuss the reasons Matthew Mitten offers for Congress to enact federal legislation regarding name, image, and likeness rights for college athletes.

    • According to Mr. Mitten, what are three provisions that should be included in a federal name, image, and likeness rights law?

    • Why is he concerned about including student athlete health and safety requirements in a name, image and likeness rights federal law?
  • CONCLUSION:

    Have students view the following video to learn about the Supreme Court's ruling and discuss the decision as a class.

    Video Clip 11: Supreme Court Rules Against NCAA on College-Athlete Compensation (2:37)

    A summary of the Supreme Court ruling in National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Alston. The case challenged the NCAA's ability to limit compensation for college-athletes. The Supreme Court ruled 9-0 against the NCAA.

    Ask students to take a stand on the initial statement:

    College athletes should have the right to be compensated for use of their name, image, and likeness.

    Ask several students to volunteer to share their positions.

  • ACTIVITIES:

    Students can complete one or more of the following activities and share their perspective on this topic.

    Consider the information you learned while viewing the primary source videos and the Supreme Court ruling as you respond to the following question:

    • Should college student athlete compensation be regulated at the national or state level? Explain your position.
  • How is your state responding to this issue? Use the link below and provide a summary of your state's action on this issue:

    Tracker: Name, Image and Likeness Legislation by State

  • Write a letter to your senator explaining your position on this topic. You can use the following website to learn about your senator:

    C-SPAN Congressional Chronicle

Vocabulary

  • Advocate
  • Antitrust
  • Autonomy
  • Bipartisan
  • Compensation
  • Compliance
  • Concussion
  • Consensus
  • Eligibility
  • Endorsement
  • Entrepreneur
  • Equity
  • Exploit
  • Fair Market Value
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Federalism
  • Free Market
  • G League
  • Legislation
  • Litigation
  • Monopoly
  • Protocol
  • Proxy
  • Publicity
  • Recruit
  • Revenue
  • Statute
  • Subsidy
  • Title 9
  • Transparency

Topics

EducationFederalism and State IssuesLegislative BranchMedia

Grades

High SchoolUniversity