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Report: North Carolina private school athletes allowed to profit off NIL under new policy

North Carolina public school athletes however would not be able to profit on NIL

Come by the end of Wednesday and turning into February, private school athletes in the state of North Carolina will be able to profit off of name, image and likeness. 

According to a report by The Charlotte Observer’s Langston Wertz Jr., under a new policy being rolled out by the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association, private school athletes will be able to start making profits from NIL deals. 

Per Wertz Jr.’s report, the new policy would be very similar to the proposal the NCHSAA made last spring. There is no current NIL in place under the NCHSAA, as lawmakers shot down the proposal in allowing the policy to pass. 

The NCHSAA’s proposal required athletes, along with parents/custodians, coaches, athletic directors and principals to complete the National Federation of High Schools’ NIL course annually. Students would then be allowed to use NIL to profit from things like appearances, autographs, camps and clinics, group licensing deals, social media and product endorsements.

School staff, including all coaches, could not use NIL for recruitment or enrollment, nor act as a student-athletes’ agent or marketing representative. Student athletes would also be prohibited from using their NIL in certain fields or companies, like those involving cannabis, alcohol, gambling or adult entertainment. Violation of the policy will trigger a 60-day suspension. 

Students would also be required to disclose NIL agreements with their respective schools and athletic director. The athletic director must submit those to the NCHSAA electronically.

With the new private school policy now getting passed, it sets in motion what could be a spring full of transfers as student athletes look to take advantage of the NCISAA allowing NIL deals to move forward. 

-- Andy Villamarzo | villamarzo@scorebooklive.com | @sblivenc