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What you need to know about the UGA and the NIL bill which begins on Thursday


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How the NIL Bill Will Impact UGA, College Sports

Thursday will be a big day in college sport. Twelve states have laws or decrees that go into effect allowing college athletes to take advantage of their name, image and likeness.

For the first time in the history of college sport, athletes in these states will be able to earn money, whether through sponsorship deals or signing autographs.

Georgia is one such state, with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signing the bill in May.

“Put simply, college athletes in Georgia should be fairly compensated for the use of their name, image and likeness,” Kemp said in May. “And as a former student myself I’m a little biased, but I think this will give Coach Smart all the help he needs to win the national championship.”

The NCAA has been slow to act to put in place a landscape-wide policy when it comes to the NIL. Monday, the DI Council recommends suspend its current amateurish rules in order to allow players to benefit from their own likeness.

The NCAA board of directors will vote on the recommendation on Wednesday. Athletes from states with NIL legislation will be able to act in accordance with those laws. The recommendation also said that “student-athletes who attend a school in a state without NIL law can engage in this type of activity without violating NCAA name, image and likeness rules.”

Perhaps more importantly, the recommendation stated that with interim policy, schools and conferences must adopt their own policies as well as monitor them. The board has also made it clear that paying for the game will still violate these current rules.

Under Georgia state law, players must report NIL transactions to each school. It should also be understood that NIL payments cannot come from the school.


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