Name, Image, and Likeness Deals and Immigration Consequences for International Student-Athletes

20 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2024

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Eric E. Johnson

University of Oklahoma College of Law

Kit Johnson

University of Oklahoma - College of Law

Date Written: January 23, 2024

Abstract

International student-athletes are being sidelined from deals that would allow them to reap financial benefits from licensing their name, image, and likeness (“NIL”). The calls to sideline these students are not coming from the NCAA or even the federal agencies in charge of immigration. The calls are coming from overly cautious universities, attorneys, and academics who incorrectly see NIL licensing as work or employment that is incompatible with the visa obligations of international student-athletes. This Article argues that international athletes can license their NIL without violating their visa terms.

Keywords: immigration, NIL, college, athletics, students, employment, visa, international, university, licensing, right of publicity, NCAA

JEL Classification: K1, K10, K37, K12, K30

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Eric E. and Johnson, Kit, Name, Image, and Likeness Deals and Immigration Consequences for International Student-Athletes (January 23, 2024). 76 Oklahoma Law Review 15 (2023), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4704196

Eric E. Johnson

University of Oklahoma College of Law ( email )

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Kit Johnson (Contact Author)

University of Oklahoma - College of Law ( email )

300 Timberdell Road
Norman, OK 73019
United States

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