June 4, 2024

FHSAA Approves NIL (Name Image Likeness) Deals for High School Athletes In 2024

1.4 min read| Published On: June 4th, 2024|

By Kyle Coppola

FHSAA Approves NIL (Name Image Likeness) Deals for High School Athletes In 2024

1.4 min read| Published On: June 4th, 2024|

The FHSAA has approved NIL, which stands for name, image, likeness deals, for high school athletes beginning in 2024. This is pending State Board of Education ratification on July 24th, 2024.

This is a big deal for local athletes as they will be able to make money off of sports. In section 9.9.4.2 NIL Collectives, it states: “NIL Collectives shall not include team fundraising but does include and is not limited to groups, organizations, or cooperative enterprises that exist to collect funds from donors and businesses, to help facilitate NIL deals for student-athletes, and/or create ways for athletes to monetize from their NIL deals.”

Some coaches have been for NIL deals and some against it. One of the supporters of NIL deals has been Brad Lord of South Lake High School who sees the benefits of it. “I can see the benefits of the NIL deals. We have known this has been coming for a long time. It’s something coaches around Florida will need to adjust to,” said Lord in a recent interview.

Other coaches have been weary of NIL deals making their way into High School sports, including Umatilla Athletic Director Patrick Todd. “I think the integrity and purity of high school sports is the concern with NIL deals,” says Patrick Todd.

Regardless, student-athletes are going to begin making money off of NIL deals with some exceptions. Student-athletes are prohibited from accepting NIL deals with adult services such as alcohol, tobacco, nicotine products, betting, and more.

This is a big change in the High School Landscape. Florida would grow the list of states that have approved NIL deals for high school students to over 30.

How this ultimately will impact high school sports will be understood in due time. However, for Lake & Sumter County athletes, this could have a positive impact. Some students come from tough and poor backgrounds. Making some extra money would be great for them. Perhaps if NIL takes off in our area, classes or mentors could be provided to help guide students on what to do with the money they would ultimately receive.

We will monitor this story as we get more information.

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About the Author: Kyle Coppola

Kyle Coppola was born in Newton, Massachusetts and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications from Curry College in 2016. After traveling to Florida on a family vacation, he decided he could not get enough of the warm weather and made the move from snowy Massachusetts to central Florida 8 years ago.

For the last decade Kyle has gained valuable experience in social media content creation, marketing and sales, writing, video production, sports announcing and even broadcasting for local radio stations, such as FM 102.9 in The Villages and FM 91.5 in Massachusetts. Every year he volunteers at The Villages Charter High School as a play-by-play sports announcer for the football games as well as a public address announcer for the basketball games, including the annual Battle at The Villages Tournament.

Outside the office Kyle is a husband and father to two beautiful girls along with their cat. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his family, travel, play golf and swim. He is also a huge sports junkie and even bigger motorsports fan and loves to attend racing events when he can.

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