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Florida High School Athletic Association approves NIL deals for athletes – Stateline Sports Network

(6/24/5-) The new language in Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Policy 9.9, pending ratification by the State Board of Education on July 24, 2024, will allow high school students in the state of Florida monetize their NIL while maintaining their eligibility. Student-athletes and their parents/guardians must negotiate all NIL activities regardless of their school, school district or the FHSAA. Student-athletes are prohibited from monetizing their name, image, and likeness through the use of their school’s uniform, equipment, logo, name, proprietary patents, products, and/or copyrights associated with any school and /or FHSAA member school district, whether on public, print or social media platforms.

NIL allows high school student-athletes to monetize their name, image and likeness while still being eligible to participate in high school athletics. Effective October 4, 2023, thirty (30) states and the District of Columbia will allow high school students competing in interscholastic athletics to receive NIL compensation

Stateline Area NIL rulings—

OHIO – Current OHSAA regulations prohibit athletes from taking advantage of their NIL. State association members voted against an NIL proposal this spring, citing the need for further education and preparedness. The OHSAA was the first association where an NIL proposal failed. Athletes may have risked their amateur status if they are active in NIL.

INDIANA – IHSAA rules regarding amateurism say that students are no longer amateurs if they do “benefited from athletic fame by receiving money or gifts of a monetary nature.” Athletes may appear in advertisements, but cannot receive compensation.

ILLINOIS – The Illinois High School Association became the 25th group to join the growing list of states that allow student-athletes to participate in NIL activities without losing their eligibility. Illinois mirrors many of the states that made changes to their handbooks and guidelines in 2022. Student-athletes must keep their NIL activities and participation in interscholastic activities separate.

MICHIGAN – Current MHSAA rules prohibit student-athletes from taking advantage of their NIL. Athletes risk losing their amateur status by competing for money, receiving an award or prize with a monetary value that is not approved, or taking advantage of athletic fame by receiving cash or gifts with a monetary value.

KENTUCKY – The Kentucky High School Athletic Association released its 2023-2024 Handbook in July 2023 and student-athletes may now receive NIL compensation for activations that do not use school and association intellectual property.

WISCONSIN – Efforts to pass NIL reform for high school athletes in Wisconsin failed by a vote of 219 to 170 in April 2024. Current WIAA regulations prohibit athletes from taking advantage of their NIL. A student-athlete’s amateur status may be lost by “receiving compensation or benefit, directly or indirectly, for the use of name, photograph and/or personal appearance.”

IOWA – The IHSAA allows athletes to make profits as long as deals are not contingent on athletic performance, an inducement or provided by the school.

Just a thought…

What happens when a school plays against a school that is on the border? One has a NIL deal for the athletes and the other doesn’t? NIL states that athletes are compensated…would the non-NIL state athlete be in danger of losing his eligibility?