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Compliance Corner: As Amateurs, Student-Athletes Cannot Promote Products, Services, or Events

Amateurism is as integral to the NCAA’s pursuits and bylaws as intercollegiate athletics are to the entire collegiate experience. Several rules govern the ability of student-athletes to promote causes both in the private and nonprofit sectors. Currently, a commercial business, service, or product may not use a student-athlete’s name, image, or likeness in its promotional items. Violations of these bylaws can lead to the ineligibility of student-athletes.

Thus, student-athletes would not be eligible for collegiate participation if they:

  • Accept any remuneration for or permit the use of their names or pictures to advertise, recommend, or promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind. This includes using social media profiles or accounts (i.e. re-tweeting, posting on a timeline on Facebook, or posting pictures to Instagram feeds).
  • Receive remuneration for endorsing a commercial product or service through the individual use of the product or service.

When it comes to the promotion of student-athletes by non-profits, charities, or University of Miami initiatives, student-athletes’ names, images, and likenesses can be used under specific circumstances (once approved by the UM Athletics Department).  The Athletics Department, on behalf of the student-athletes, welcomes these opportunities, which are available by completing a “Promotional Activity Request Form,” available on the hurricanesports.com website.

While a student-athlete may express an opinion about a product, service, or item, if the business uses a student-athlete’s name, image, or likeness to promote a product with or without the permission of the student-athlete, the eligibility of that student-athlete may be jeopardized.  The Athletics Department asks all UM fans and supporters to refrain from using any student-athlete’s name, image, or likeness in a way that could affect their eligibility. The University strives to maintain a culture of compliance and efforts by staff members, boosters, and fans are greatly appreciated.

For more compliance information, follow the UM Athletics Department on Twitter (@UCompliance), like them on Facebook (facebook.com/UCompliance), or contact them via email, athleticscompliance@miami.edu.


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Political Science Professor June Teufel Dreyer Testifies in Congress on ‘Why Taiwan Matters’

June Teufel Dreyer

Professor of political science June Teufel Dreyer was invited to testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs at a hearing entitled “Why Taiwan Matters” on June 16.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who plans to introduce legislation to strengthen the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) of 1979, chaired the hearing. Dreyer was asked to testify on the current state of U.S.-Taiwan relations, including political developments within Taiwan, future plans for defensive arms sales to Taiwan, the continued missile buildup on the Chinese mainland opposite Taiwan, and the increased targeting of People’s Liberation Army assets directed toward Taiwan.

In her remarks, Dreyer described Taiwan as an island with narrowing options, tracing a trajectory toward absorption by China. “U.S. actions bear a large measure of responsibility for this drift,” she noted, and the United States must make efforts to reverse it: “To abandon a democratic country to an authoritarian government with an abysmal human rights record is a repudiation of all that the United States stands for.”

“Now is the time to halt a drift that is dangerous not only to the security of the Taiwanese but to the United States’ interests in the region and to the credibility of the global alliance system,” Dreyer said.

She offered four recommendations toward reversing this drift: the immediate sale of F-16 C/Ds to Taiwan; a complete review of the cross-Strait military balance to assess Taiwan’s legitimate defense needs; removal of the restrictions on contacts between high-ranking American and Taiwanese officials; and a strong affirmation of the right of the people of Taiwan to determine their own political future.

There was no disagreement with her recommendations by the committee members or the other three witnesses: Randall G. Schriver of Armitage International LLC, Rupert J. Hammond-Chambers of the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council, and Professor Nancy Bernkopf Tucker of Georgetown University.

Dreyer conducts research on ethnic minorities in China, Sino-Japanese relations, Chinese military modernization, and China-Taiwan relations. She has served as chief Far East specialist at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and the Asia advisor to the chief of naval operations at the United States Navy.


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