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Virtual NCAA Convention begins

NCAA Hall of Champions building on the Canal Walk in downtown Indianapolis Indiana in White River State Park on a clear spring day, This building contains a gift shop, museum and exhibit hall and is located near the national headquarters of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana along the Canal Walk which is a part of White River State Park. (Photo by: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — The NCAA has kicked off its annual convention with this year’s event being held in a virtual format for the first time. The three-week event will include a series of meetings, including the Division I Council, which will consider legislation to change the rules on the use of name, image and likeness (NIL) of student-athletes.

The NIL legislation will not be voted on until the Division I Board of Directors meets on Thursday. The legislation was introduced in October and, if approved, would allow student-athletes to earn money through endorsements and other avenues.

On Tuesday, NCAA President Mark Emmert will deliver his State of College Sports address. Additionally, he will present the 2021 NCAA President’s Pat Summitt Award to Nancy Stevens, the recently-retired head coach of UConn’s field hockey program who is the winningest coach in NCAA field hockey history.

Officials from the organization’s Division II and Division III will also meet during the event. 

The NCAA Convention runs through Jan. 27. You can view the full schedule for the event by clicking here.