Name, Image, and Likeness Deals Approved
By Aaron Ntoko (Freshman)
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) board of directors recently approved a policy to allow student-athletes to profit off of name, image, and likeness (NIL) deals. This new policy allows student-athletes to have more freedom and leverage.
Other states, like Ohio, Maryland, and New Jersey, already allow students to make money off of NIL deals. Almost two years ago, Pennsylvania allowed students to profit from NIL deals.
“We don’t know much about it. The district has to write their own policy for an NIL deal, but this doesn’t affect the eligibility for a paid NIL deal,” said Ms. Macklin, the Obama athletic coordinator. “Any student-athlete can have an NIL deal.”
There are heavy restrictions on the content allowed for NIL promotion. Athletes cannot wear their school’s jersey or colors. Additionally, no school faculty can help students navigate through deals. Discussions are currently underway about possible classes to train athletes in dos and don’ts for deals.
It is clear that NILs could greatly benefit student athletes. “I think it’s a great way for students to get their profiles out,” said Ms. Macklin
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