New NIL legislation from Tuberville, Manchin includes restrictions on transfer portal
The long-awaited NIL bill from Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) was introduced on Tuesday, aimed at establishing a national standard for NIL activities and implementing a uniform standard contract for NIL deals.
Manchin and Tuberville — the longtime SEC head coach — have been working on their proposal for over a year. It is called the Protecting Athletes, Schools, and Sports (PASS) Act.
Leaders in college football have been asking for congressional help on the NIL front for quite some time and a number of bills have been drafted but nothing has materialized. The PASS Act is the latest attempt, and it also includes new restrictions on the transfer portal.
The bill would require student-athletes to complete 3 years of academic eligibility before being allowed to transfer without penalty.
The recent adoption of the one-time free transfer and implementation of the transfer portal has seen an explosion in player movement in recent years. The PASS Act would look to reign that in.
There are exceptions included in the bill that would allow players to transfer if a family member died or was diagnosed with a terminal illness, or if their head coach or primary position coach left their program.
The rest of the bill can be read in its entirety here.