Where politics and football intersect, it just means more.

Of course this is happening.

Within the marble halls of the Mississippi State Capitol, the topic of college football is never far away.

Home to two of the SEC’s plucky underdogs, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, legislators here are always striving to make up ground on neighboring states that have more historic football powerhouses. In fact, last summer, lawmakers replaced their state flag after the NCAA and SEC banned the Rebels and Bulldogs from hosting athletic championship events in a state whose flag brandished the Confederate battle symbol.

Nine months later, another piece of college sports-themed legislation is working its way through this building. This time, a bill that would grant Mississippi college athletes rights to earn income from their name, image and likeness (NIL).

Some legislators here are even pushing through the bill despite their own opposition to it.

Why?

Crootin’.

“I don’t think any state is happy about this legislation, but we’re seeing this as a necessity,” says C. Scott Bounds, a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives who’s helping oversee the bill’s journey through the state’s legislative process. “We don’t want to lose a competitive edge in recruiting, both athletically and academically, especially against those in the Southeastern Conference.”

Duh.

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I’m not sure what Georgia’s waiting for, to be honest.  After all, Alabama’s already got three (!) NIL bills in the hopper, scheduled to go into effect a couple of months after the governor signs.  Plus, “Alabama’s bill gives athletes the option to participate in NIL or receive $10,000 a year from the school.”

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16 responses to “Where politics and football intersect, it just means more.

  1. fisheriesdawg

    Crossover Day is Monday, so they’d better get on it. Or I guess they could pass it when they come back in the fall for redistricting.

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  2. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    GA is on the ready five for NLI legislation.
    To quote Doc H. “say when…”

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  3. “It will be a huge advantage in recruiting,” says Todd Berry, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association.

    Berry’s concern lies with boosters. Many state NIL bills don’t bar them from involvement with NIL payments. Some of the bills don’t even address boosters at all.

    “You can’t control the boosters,” Berry says. “When you give them openings, based on my experiences, they become uncontrollable.”

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  4. ASEF

    I’m surprised Alabama’s Legislature didn’t offer to put them all on retainer for Alabama Retirement Systems. When I’m not catching passes for the Tide, I’m hitting the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail!

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  5. Godawg

    So the Hogs are suck’in hind teat. Pittmaster better get’em with the program.

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  6. akascuba

    Once Bama passes their bill Kirby will approve his version offering more to the GSL. OK their is no basis for my statement beyond I hope that`s what we are waiting on.

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  7. whybotherdude

    GA is waiting to see what FL and AL do so that UGA and GT (Theoretically) will be on equal or better footing.

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  8. Faltering Memory

    Lets bid $15,000.00

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  9. spur21

    That proposal for $10,000 may have merit. Gives the young men their first taste of capitalisms and the risk / rewards associated with choice. Obviously some players will get more than $10,000 while many will be lucky to get $100.

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  10. jdawg108

    If they choose the $10k, does Alabama then get full use of NIL?

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  11. 69Dawg

    This is going to make the nuclear arms race look like the three legged races we used to have. Escalation will be made as needed. I foresee some states just saying screw it they are employees, welcome to the payroll. This will serve to make the NCAA’s lawyers very rich, it will be like trying to kill fire ants. If the Supremes don’t come through the NCAA will just become a group that makes the rules on how the game is played but has no right to enforce anything else. Pass the popcorn this is going to be spectacular.

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  12. classiccitycanine

    I asked my representative, Houston Gaines, to pass some NIL legislation and he said he was talking to people at the University about that. Doesn’t sound like there’s a lot of action, but I’m sure if Kirby wants it, he’ll get it. Frankly, I’m shocked we haven’t done more on this matter, since Florida and Alabama are already farther down the road on this issue. Can’t afford to let those folks get recruiting advantages on us.

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  13. whb209

    This ain’t going to work. You are going to have fifty percent of the team not speaking to the other fifty percent.

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