Could Florida add NIL? FHSAA drafting proposal for board of directors to review

Herald Tribune | Jon Santucci | October 2, 2023

Georgia has approved name, image and likeness (NIL) compensation for its high school athletes, and the wheels could be in motion for the Florida High School Athletic Association to do the same.

“The FHSAA is currently in the process of drafting a proposal that will be given to our board of directors for review at one of our upcoming meetings,” Florida High School Athletic Association Public Relations Specialist Ryan Harrison said in an email to the USA Today Florida Network.

The FHSAA’s next board of directors meeting is November 5-6. The board also is scheduled to meet in February, April, and June in 2024.

Earlier this year, the board denied Bartram Trail lacrosse star Ryann Frechette’s appeal to sign an NIL deal with STX, a global sporting goods leader in lacrosse and field hockey.

The Georgia High School Association approved a bylaw allowing high school athletes to profit from NIL on Monday.

Georgia became the 30th state, as well as the District of Columbia, to allow high school athletes to profit from NIL

While more than half of the states in the country allow high school athletes to profit from NIL, including California and New York, associations in the Southeast have been hesitant.

Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia allow it, but Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, and South Carolina are among the states that do not. It remains to be seen if — or how quickly — Georgia’s adoption will cause a domino effect in the region.

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