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GHSA to approve NIL for Georgia high school athletes

Georgia would become the 30th state to adopt standards for students to profit from their name, image and likeness
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According to a report in the Atlanta Constitution Journal (AJC), Friday morning, the Georgia High School Association (GHSA), which governs interscholastic sports in the state of Georgia, is expected to approve a bylaw that will allow high school athletes to profit from name, image and likeness (NIL) deals.

The approval is expected to take place during a meeting of the GHSA's executive committee in Macon, Georgia per the AJC's report.

If the bylaw is approved, Georgia will become the 30th state, in addition to the District of Columbia to allow high school athletes to profit from NIL deals.

Similar to many of the other states that have approved NIL deals, the GHSA will impose some restrictions. Athletes will not be allowed to link their NIL deals to specific achievements or performances and they will not be allowed to use their school's name, logos, uniforms or any other intellectual property.

Also on the agenda for Monday's GHSA executive committee meeting is a discussion of a proposal to separate the state's private schools, in Classes 3A to A, into their own state championships, apart from the public schools.

-- Gary Adornato |