“If Mississippi doesn’t act, we will be at a competitive disadvantage.”

College athletes’ NIL rights come to one of the most conservative states in the country.

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).

Reluctant though they may be, these legislators know what’s up.



“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.”

You can almost hear Junior lobbying them.

The NCAA has done nothing concrete.  Congress has bigger fish to fry.  The states are marching ahead.

Moores has been working on the legislation since California passed its groundbreaking NIL law in 2019, a bill that sparked this wave of historic change. For the last several months, he’s been refining the bill’s language with help from Ramogi Huma, the president of the National College Players Association. Huma, one of the most outspoken NCAA critics, has assisted multiple state governments in creating universal language for their NIL laws, crafting them to avoid NCAA litigation.

“In NIL, the primary powers are going to be the states,” says Huma. “At the end of the day, schools are going to have to comply with their state laws.”

Like nature, recruiting abhors a vacuum.


Filed under Political Wankery, Recruiting, The NCAA

11 responses to ““If Mississippi doesn’t act, we will be at a competitive disadvantage.”

  1. classiccitycanine

    Does anyone know where we currently stand on NIL in Georgia?



    NFL already exists…why make another league?

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    • None of these states’ bills (other than the new California bill) are requiring the schools to pay the athletes anything. All this is doing is allowing a student-athlete to do the same thing any other college student (or adult, for that matter) can do – earn money from the use of their name, likeness & image.

      Why are you anti-NIL reform, Mr. Emmert? It doesn’t cost your members anything.

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      • Gaskilldawg

        Emmert and the like minded are opposed for two reasons. In no particular order, they are worried that Bob’s Ford Dealership has an advertising budget and money spent on getting an endorsement from JT Daniels is money that otherwise would go to the UGA AA for an ad in the game day program. The othefcreason is that if a player is poor he is easier to control. A player with money in his pocket is harder to control.

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    • spur21

      Two reasons.
      1 Most of the college players will NEVER sniff NFL money.
      2 It’s the right thing to do.

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      • TN Dawg

        Not for nothing, but it’s highly likely the same players that get NFL money will be the same players that get NIL money.

        “Hi, I’m Georgia’s third string offensive guard saying C’mon Down to Bob’s Ford” isn’t a likely commercial.


        • spur21

          Very good point that I hadn’t thought about. I still think all of them should have the right to monetize.


  3. unionjackgin

    I hope the bill passes soon and that the new AD and CKS are building a good staff of non-fungible token professionals (NFT’s) to assist UGA athletes with their ability to make $ off of their likeness.

    The NCAA is going to be completely out of their depth and knowledge base when it comes to NFT’s. It will be quite fun to watch. Lots of heads are going to explode!

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