Florida fallout

For those curious how the Florida legislature came seemingly out of nowhere to pass a delay in the state’s NIL law taking affect, here’s a brief blow by blow:

Critics of the amendment describe it as a nifty political maneuver by high-ranking members of the Florida legislature, burying the NIL date change in a clutter of alterations to legislation governing charter schools, two days before the Florida legislative session ends.

The amendment was introduced in the Florida Senate by Sen. Travis Hutson on Wednesday around 2:30 p.m. Six hours later, it passed both chambers without any real debate over the two consequential lines in the 71-page tome changing the NIL law effective date.

Heitner and others contend that the NIL language was so buried that many lawmakers weren’t aware it even existed. Hidden among the amendment’s 20,000 words, on the seventh line of Page 66, are the two lines, the first citing Florida’s NIL law and the second changing the effective date.

Effective upon this act becoming a law, section of chapter 2020–28, Laws of Florida, is amended to read:

This act shall take effect July 1, 2022 2021.

In an interview on Thursday morning, Hutson says leaders of each of Florida’s chambers agreed to insert the NIL change into the amendment based on information from the Florida legislature’s education staff. The staff alerted lawmakers that the NCAA could punish Florida athletes for using a state law that, in some cases, differs from impending NCAA rules.

Sounds kosher to me.

However, NCAA president Mark Emmert told a group of athletes earlier this month that he would not punish athletes who earn NIL compensation by following their state law.

“If he puts something on paper, that would give us relief,” Hutson says.

I’m sure Mark Emmert will get right on it for you guys.

Meanwhile, the reaction from the state’s college football coaches was immediate and negative.

Pretty strong stuff.  But the legislature was just being prudent, fellas!

“We did not want our student athletes, if this law went into effect, to start profiting off NIL and potentially lose scholarships from the NCAA,” Hutson says. “We decided to do a one-year hold. It was an abundance of caution. We want our kids to profit from the NIL and that’s something we’re passionate about, but not at the chance they could lose the right to play.”

Now wouldn’t that be ironic?  There isn’t enough popcorn in the world to sustain me while watching the fallout from that happening.


UPDATE:  Gosh, this didn’t take long.

In the South, state senator ranks lower than head football coach in the food chain.


UPDATE #2:  Weirder and weirder…


Filed under Political Wankery, The NCAA

26 responses to “Florida fallout

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    Sounds like the Florida legislature allows omnibus bills at the last minute of sessions.


  2. J.R. Clark

    It’s almost as though the members of the Florida legislature and the governor of the state were incompetent…

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  3. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    Sen Hutson must be a LSU fan.
    All the coaches and players should storm Tally and collectively through their shoes on the statehouse steps off Aplach Pkwy – with Mullen leading all florida colleges in a pre-shoe throwing exercise down at Governors Square Mall parking lot (JC Penney parking lot).

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  4. Got Cowdog

    First Karma touches Marco’s hand then goes nuclear, blasting uf’s already sketchy recruiting by using the State Legislature. But…

    “In an interview on Thursday morning, Hutson says leaders of each of Florida’s chambers agreed to insert the NIL change into the amendment based on information from the Florida legislature’s education staff.”

    This may be the fishy part. Why would the education staff care?

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  5. argondawg

    This shit aint happening under Kirby.I an pretty sure that all legislation that may impact college athletics is run by CKS and his legislative staff………I kid, I kid……….I think I am kidding. If this happened in Alabama Saban would fire the governor.

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    • Harold Miller

      So does that make New Orleans the testicles? Then the Rio Grande would be the… you get the general idea.


  6. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    Ding, ding, ding! The ineligiblility for hiring a lawyer or agent is it. And think about it—they read in the paper that the FL legislature had passed the bill so…why not? Counting chickens before they are hatched can be a dangerous thing.


  7. Hogbody Spradlin

    It is nice to see Crabby Dan popping a vein.


  8. Faltering Memory

    Porta/boatl genius is more afraid of how this will hurt his main source of players than recruiting high schoolers.


  9. W Cobb Dawg

    So the coaches spent a year or more selling recruits on the NIL beginning in July. Thank you for pulling that rug right out from under them.

    Kirby doesn’t really need help recruiting your state, but I’m sure he’ll accept this favor as a token of good will.


  10. poetdawg

    So did Kirby give Hutson a luxury box or just season tickets to do this ?


  11. rigger92

    Ok, so the FL reps feel the need to protect the schools from NCAA penalties should they ever decided to cite violations. This seems like some legalese other states may have used to get around the federal sanctions that would come with legalizing marijuana.


  12. mg4life0331

    All I read from these coaches was “Dammit we are already getting our asses beat in recruiting help us out!”