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RECRUITS: NCAA, Georgia High School NIL Rule Changes

USATODAY: NCAA begins process of making NIL rules changes on its own

While the NCAA continues to press for Congressional legislation concerning some standardization of college athletes’ activities making money from their names, images and likenesses (NIL), one of its top policy-making groups on Tuesday voted to begin advancing association rules changes that have the same goals.

The NCAA said in a statement that the Division I Council will now attempt to have proposals ready for votes in January that would:

Require athletes to report to their schools any NIL agreements above a certain value – likely $600 – and the schools would then, at least twice a year, report anonymized information to either the NCAA’s national office or a third party designated by the association. Recruits would have to make disclosures to a school before it could offer a National Letter of Intent… [MORE]


THE DAILY PRINCETONIAN: Princeton talks unionization, NIL contracts in light of push for athlete compensation

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, all 15 players on Dartmouth men’s basketball team filed a petition to unionize. Since then, no athletic teams at Princeton — or the other Ivy League schools — have announced their own push for unionization. Dartmouth’s petition was filed to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

In an email to The Daily Princetonian, David Berri, a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) expert who specializes in pay for athletes, wrote that a union would allow student-athletes to “secure more benefits and perhaps higher wages.” According to Berri, the effectiveness of unions in college athletics is limited by the fluidity of the student-athlete scene. Generally committed for four years, the relatively short collegiate careers of student-athletes restrict the impact that a union could have… [MORE] DI Council introduces proposals to boost student-athlete NIL protections

The Division I Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to introduce several proposals intended to enhance student-athlete protections regarding their name, image and likeness rights. The move will not be final until the conclusion of the council meeting Wednesday.

The proposals stem from discussions held by the council’s NIL Working Group, which hosted a summit in July with various stakeholders, including college athletes, service providers and campus administrators. Student-athlete protections were among the topics discussed that garnered the greatest level of support. The council noted that the working group continues to discuss additional policies focused on the recruiting landscape and the role schools can or should play in NIL activities of college athletes… [MORE]



ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION: Georgia High School Association passes NIL, restructures playoffs for three classifications

MACON — Coming soon to a newspaper, radio station or streaming service: your local high school athletes starring in their own commercials.

It’s all possible after the Georgia High School Association, fearing legal issues, approved a new bylaw at its… [MORE]


ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION: Georgia High School Association president concerned how high school NIL will impact sports

With an abundance of trepidation, the Georgia High School Association is ready to pass a bylaw Monday that will allow athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness.

GHSA president Jim Finch supports the plan but does not love it. He’s the… [MORE]


SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL: Crimson Tide’s in-stadium NIL center will provide athletes with multimedia and branding assistance

Alabama’s athletic department brain trust strolled into the underbelly of Bryant-Denny Stadium ahead of that weekend’s crucial meeting with No. 15 Ole Miss. They weren’t there to litigate the Crimson Tide’s ongoing quarterback questions with coach Nick Saban, nor gather for another meeting in what’s already a busy fall schedule.

They came to celebrate.

Twelve steps into the corridor on the left side of Gate 34, and located in what was once a Zoës Kitchen, is the newly constructed Advantage Center — a physical home for a team of staffers that will provide education, content creation and personal brand-building resources for Alabama student athletes in relation to name, image and likeness opportunities… [MORE]


THE AUGUSTA PRESS: Augusta-area coaches balance optimism, caution with GHSA’s approval of NIL deals for high school athletes

When the Georgia High School Association voted during a Monday morning meeting to approve a bylaw that allows high school athletes in the state to profit from name, image and likeness (NIL) opportunities, it got the wheels of thought turning in the heads of some Augusta-area coaches.

The chief question they’re asking is, “What does it all mean?” And that question isn’t directed only to Georgia’s high school athletes, but also coaches, school administrators, trainers and the parents of high school athletes… [MORE]

FOX 5 ATLANTA: Georgia high school athletes can now monetize their talent

ATLANTA – The Georgia High School Association approved new rules Monday to allow athletes from any sport to earn money for their name, image and likeness, known as NIL deals without losing amateur status.

“Whether you like it or not, I think Georgia high school kind of faced up and said, we need to get out in front of this now,” said Rusty Mansell, co-chairman of the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame and co-owner and publisher of… [MORE]


MASS LAWYERS WEEKLY: Lawyers taking notice of emerging NIL practice niche

Attorneys have been quick to seize opportunities presented by the emerging practice niche created by the right of college athletes to compensation for the use of their name, image and likeness — or NIL.

On June 21, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Alston. The unanimous court upheld a lower court ruling that NCAA rules limiting education-related compensation violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act.

Seeing the handwriting on the wall, the NCAA nine days later announced that it had adopted a uniform interim policy suspending the association’s NIL rules for all incoming and current student-athletes in all sports… [MORE]

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