Has HB 617 already reared its ugly head?

I ask in light of this de-commitment from yesterday.

“The landscape of football has changed tremendously since I last visited with schools…” is an observation I’ve seen discussed in several different quarters on the intertubes as referring to what’s going on with NIL rights.  Now, Georgia has its version of a law that permits compensation for a player’s NIL rights, but that law also contains the pooling provision that has some, including me, worried about it being used as a negative recruiting weapon with recruits.

I can’t say this came into play with this kid in particular, but I’m not dumb enough to think it couldn’t.  I’m not dumb enough to think it’ll be the only time, either, especially if it turns out to be effective.  Kirby may have his work cut out for him here.

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43 responses to “Has HB 617 already reared its ugly head?

  1. Faltering Memory

    Legislative big brains asleep.

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  2. Biggen

    Following recruiting and multiple state legislative processes? I think I’d rather watch paint dry.

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    • MGW

      A&M’s coaches don’t mind. Neither do Bama’s or anyone else’s.

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      • Biggen

        Sure and they get paid to do it. I don’t.

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        • MGW

          Sorry thought you were insinuating kids don’t care because it’s kinda boring

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          • Biggen

            No not at all. It pertains to them so I’d expect them to be somewhat interested. But for me, I have a hard time following recruiting since teenagers can’t even pick their favorite ice cream flavor without help. Now add on keeping up with each state’s own NIL legislation and smoke starts coming out of my ears. 🙂

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  3. Other than the fact UGA has announced several times that there will be no pooling arrangement, I just think this kid is from Texas and is only now getting attention from the schools in his backyard.

    This provision needs to be addressed during any redistricting special session.

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    • MGW

      Dude, why would they trust our administration on this? We were able to lean on the legislature to pass a law that made FOIA’s take longer cause it was a little more convenient for us at press conference. Why would anyone believe our administration wasn’t behind the 75% clause? That would be an utterly absurd, irresponsible presumption for a kid looking out for his future to make, even if it somehow isn’t true that our administration was behind this. There’s no good reason to trust this administration on an issue like that. Until proven otherwise, UGA handily the state legislature on football issues, and this issue is BAD.

      This law needs to be fixed NOW, or it will bite us, even if it isn’t what did it for this kid.

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      • MGW

        Handily *controls the legislature.

        Struggling today

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      • Other than the fact that Kirby would probably be gone if the administration implemented this … there’s no way this gets implemented. It was dumb and needs to be fixed.

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        • MGW

          That’s the point: the law must change immediately. We know Kirby could and would cause 100% turnover in the athletic department with the snap of his fingers if they tried it, but recruits don’t have any reason to believe that. They just know it’s possible to have 3/4 of your money taken away before you even pay taxes here at UGA, and it isn’t possible elsewhere.

          I’m kind of amazed Smart isn’t going out of his way to put as much public pressure on Kemp and the legislature to fix this.

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  4. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    I’m fairly certain what changed his mind is the idea of stuffing his pockets from the big time oil money that back Texas A&M as opposed to appearing in some local Ford TV ads in Athens.

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    • This how I read it. Where is the best NIL deal more than not trusting UGA. We could fix the rule tomorrow and this kid still decommits to see where the money falls out.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

        For the best football players, the schools with the richest boosters will have an advantage. At least at the beginning. Texas A&M and Texas will be at the top of the list. That oil money runs deep.

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  5. spur21

    Thank you brain dead – asshat – legislators.

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  6. Derek

    It wouldn’t be too difficult to convince a Texas kid that his NIL may well be more marketable in Texas than it would be in Georgia, pooling provision notwithstanding.

    Of course if there becomes a home state bias due to NIL I think we’ll be ok.

    If you’re a recruit and thinking about NIL profits during recruiting, it probably makes sense to sit back and see how things go between 7/1/21 and signing day.

    Kirby needs to make sure Jordan Davis is as rich as possible over the summer and early fall. I’m sure Bear will be duly impressed. I’m also sure that Jimbo will also be trying to impress Bear along those same lines.

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  7. biggusrickus

    It probably has more to do with the recent coaching hires at A&M than anything else. Nick Williams was supposedly a key guy in gaining his commitment.

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  8. Robert Machen

    Good morning Senator B,

    UGA announced several days ago that they would not take or share with other athletes any player’s earned income generated by or from his or her NIL. So this is not going to be a recruiting problem as the UGA Coaches will tell every player the money they earn will be theirs.

    Bob Machen Seal Beach, CA Go Dawgs!

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  9. shellbine

    As soon as the news dropped that the Georgia Legislature was working on a NIL bill, you knew they would screw it up. The is legislature is great at crafting bills for non-existent problems, but when a bill requires intelligence—watch out!

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    • MGW

      You could count on a bunch of old conservative boomers putting some shit like that in the law if left to their own devices. Our administration screwed this up. They are the ones responsible for not yanking those idiots in line and now we’re going to pay for it.

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  10. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    #igotabetteroffer

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  11. Russ

    I think in this case he’s just a kid enjoying all the campus visits. I think he’ll change his mind a few more times and maybe will wind up back here.

    That said, the pooling wording is really dumb and is just another thing Kirby has to worry about on the recruiting trail.

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  12. MGW

    Every single time schools or the NCAA have said “hey students trust us we won’t screw you over with the rules we wrote that give us the lower to,” they have. So, yeah it’s going to be used against us because history says it will 100% definitely be used against kids at some point. If McGarrity and (maybe) whoever was in charge at Tech at the time they were discussing this didn’t want it that way “just in case”, it wouldn’t be that way.

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  13. 123 Fake St

    Can someone tell me if high school recruits are eligible to receive NIL money?
    If so, it makes more sense to string along multiple schools during the recruiting process in order to make some dough.

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    • 69Dawg

      My understanding is that most of the laws give a wink and a nod to the NIL being used to cause players to chose a school. The thing they can’t control is the social networks and their money made through followers. I plan on getting new accounts that I really don’t give a care about and then follow every UGA athlete. If that happens then the money will flow. Hope its more successful than the campaign to get a UGA tag here in Florida. If we get 4,000 I’ll be shocked.

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  14. Kirby’s playing 3D chess again. Let Bear get his feet wet at TAMU then transfer him over in the portal so he can’t jump again.

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    • 86bone

      There is a lot to get wet in over here unfortunately! My first look it reminded me of Fort Gordon, but that was 10 years ago! Still looks very “militaristic” but now they have it ALL! It’s still not Athens….but it is Bad Ass!

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