The Georgia General Assembly is on the mother.

Credit where credit is due to Seth Emerson, who is the first I’ve seen to take note of a college athletes’ NIL compensation bill winding its way through the state legislature.

You can read the contents of the bill here.  It’s a pretty sparse effort.  Three things of note:

  1. NIL compensation cannot be given as an inducement for a current or prospective student athlete to attend, participate, or perform at a particular school.
  2. While a player cannot enter into an arrangement that runs in conflict with an existing set of arrangements between the school and player, going forward, schools are prohibited from devising any arrangement with players that “prevents or discourages a student athlete from receiving compensation for the use of his or her name, image, or likeness when the student is not engaged in official activities of the intercollegiate athletic program.”
  3. College athletes are permitted to hire agents or attorneys to advise them on contractual matters.

Oh, and one other thing — I’ve read the bill several times and don’t see a date set forth in it as to when it goes into effect.  As far as I can tell, that means it’s good to go whenever the governor signs; in other words, that would be July 1, 2021.   You can probably call that the Kirby Smart Effect.

In case you’re wondering, yes, the bill has bipartisan support.  It passed the House on a 171-0 vote.

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30 responses to “The Georgia General Assembly is on the mother.

  1. junkyardawg41

    It goes along with the Amicus Brief the Georgia AG (and other’s filed) asking the SCOTUS to allow the legislature to legislate.

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  2. akascuba

    Not to worry about the sparse effort Senator. Once Bama’s version goes into effect Kirby will know what he needs allowing the Georgia final bill to meet or exceed his recruiting rivals.
    It’s the Kirby way hopefully replacing the former Georgia way of self destruction.

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  3. Russ

    Serious question, who helps them craft this bill? I can see the schools getting plenty of representation but who’s advising for the athletes’ side?

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  4. Permitting advice of counsel is the hidden gem here. Once attorneys are allowed to point out risk and press for negotiating terms on the SA’s behalf, expect scholarships and offers to come under intense scrutiny, litigation, settlements, etc. I don’t believe counsel can just ignore those documents and agreements while advising on NIL issues.

    Just rewatched Ken Burns baseball series on the ‘90’s and reminded me why I gave up on the sport: demise of the Reds, failures of the Braves (all that talent!), supremacy of the Yankees, the Strike, and Steroids. For this CFB fan, I see some parallels rising.

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    • Ralph Freeman

      This^

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    • For me, all of that capped with hernandez, i think it was, $150M contract.

      U

      I played baseball all my childhood and teenage years. $150M! To stand around and mostly do nothing which is what you do in baseball.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        The reason for the big contracts is that the teams were bringing in SO much money. If Hernandez’s contract was only $150,000.00 then the balance of $149,850,000 would have gone to the owner of the team for doing no more than he would have done if he paid $150,000,000.

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        • classiccitycanine

          Exactly! People complaining about athletes making so much don’t seem to realize it’s because their industry generates huge amounts of money. They’re getting a proportional share of the revenue. If you don’t like them making millions then convince everyone to stop watching.

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        • I frankly don’t care. The whole thing is ridiculous. They get free stadiums in some cities. My life is just fine without the Cobb county braves

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  5. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    there was never any doubt in my mind.

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  6. This bill seems pretty straightforward. I’m glad that it passed unanimously which likely means it sails through the Senate. I assume the Governor has his pen ready to sign it in the presence of every athletic director and head coach who wants the photo op.

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  7. Verrrry interestink how this has stayed out of sight.

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  8. 69Dawg

    Look for the attorney’s to recommend that the SA not sign a LOI. Just let the coach know verbally he is enrolling. If he is a 5* with any social networking then he/she will make a mint. Heck, think what the girls on the Gym Dawgs would have made back in the day. The quarterback can now afford to entertain his Oline, just like the Pro guys do. Share the wealth with the big boys and watch them GATA.

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  9. Other than a Tech grad, what politician in Georgia WOULDN’T be in favor of such a thing?

    Even as I wrote that, I realized how much of a chore it has become to hate Tech. It’s like I really have to TRY. That makes me REALLY hate them. Hating Florida is effortless. The damn nerds are making me expend emotional energy to gin up my vitriol. Fucking bullshit.

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    • gurkhadawg

      I actually wish Tech didn’t suck so bad. If Tech had even a decent team and was somewhat competitive, beating them would be even sweeter. Now it’s like those deer hunts where you pay a bunch of money to have someone place you in a stand and bait the big buck to come stand right in front of you. That ain’t huntin’, that’s just killin’.

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  10. Also, it’s a camel’s nose under the tent (in a good way). The details are trivial. The bill says what it needs to say, and it was drafted in a way that appears to subsume that at some point a legislative body made up of full-time politicians are eventually going to flesh the thing out.

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  11. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    No man’s life, liberty or wife are safe when the Georgia General Assembly is in session.

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  12. TN Dawg

    The NIL contracts not being able to be contingent on a student playing at a school is nonsensical.

    If I’m a car dealership, sports camp, local attraction, etc, of course my endorsement contract is only going to be offered if a player attends the school in my vicinity.

    If I’m a local craft brewery in Athens and want to enter into contract with a player or potential player, of course it’s gonna be contingent on whether the player is playing for UGA.

    Would an Athens business want to honor a contract with Justin Fields for their celebrity endorsements after he went to OSU?

    If I’m a business owner, I absolutely including a provision in the endorsement contract that says the contract is contingent on the individual performing at a given school. You’d be stupid not to.

    And I don’t see any way that won’t be viewed as an inducement.

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    • Guess I don’t understand why only giving out a one-year deal wouldn’t address most, if not all, of your concerns.

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      • TN Dawg

        Jamie Newman.

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        • Gosh, I’d hate to see the loss a craft brewer would take on that endorsement. Would have been in the millions.

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          • TN Dawg

            Look, I get that you are an advocate for NLI marketing rights for the players. That’s all good.

            But if you were representing me as my attorney for my business in the marketing contract, would you not advise me to put some stipulations in the contract guaranteeing that my marketing will benefit from the value that the endorsement would, in theory, provide, in this instance an appeal to fans of UGA football.

            For Nike, it’s fine to sign Justin Fields whether or not he is at OSU or UGA because they are a national sports brand.

            I’m not saying scrap NLI rights, I’m saying the law makes it untenable for business and the legislation should scrap that restriction.

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          • TN Dawg

            And, FWIW, the level of what a business stands to lose is it entirely it relevant.

            A local football camp taking a $50k hit on marketing is every bit as detrimental, if not more so, as Nike taking a $1 million dollar hit should a player decide to quit playing.

            If I set up the South Macon Quarterback Camp w/ UGA Quarterback Jamie Newman, pay Newman $50 k to appear and instruct, print all my pamphlets, film commercials, put up billboards and then the guy quits, I’m financially devastated.

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            • Is your brewery owner contracting with Newman to play football for UGA or to appear in promotions for the brewery? Seems to me the first is prohibited and the second is fine.

              If you’re worried about market risk, pay him per appearance. (Assuming there would be any in the middle of a pandemic, that is.)

              You are taking one esoteric example and making a mountain out of a molehill.

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  13. atticus34

    Great, now everything is solved. College football is now saved.

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