Florida debates name, image and likeness rules for high school athletes

The big story: With the end of the school year near, Florida high school athletics have begun their summer hiatus.

That hasn’t stopped the Florida High School Athletics Association from debating one of the most contentious issues facing schools and students — whether to allow athletes to receive payment for use of their name, image and likeness.

The association’s directors met this week to discuss a proposal that would allow teens to negotiate endorsement deals, but notably without any school or coach involvement. The question remained over whether agents would be able to help.

The proposal also included provision of financial education for student-athletes before they graduate.

“By providing student-athletes with knowledge about potential legal and financial drawbacks associated with NIL activities, high schools can contribute to the overall welfare of their student-athletes,” the proposal says. “The FHSAA stands ready to help its student-athletes succeed in this new sports and business landscape.” Read more from News Service of Florida.

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