Nice “doing it for the kids” touch there, Chip.
What’s happened is, in the wake of the NCAA abandoning the field of regulating NIL compensation post-Alston, that schools in states without laws governing NIL rights actually have the advantage over those in states with NIL laws. The turntables have turned, in other words, which was not the intention. Chip is just restoring the natural order of the universe, or at least the recruiting part of it.
Along those lines, I would be shocked, shocked if the Georgia legislature did not revisit HB 617 this session. You could make the argument that in the present circumstances, Georgia has the worst environment for NIL compensation in the country. My guess is that Bill Cowsert’s take…
“I’m actually concerned about the potential for folks to cross the line, going from a supporter to using someone to promote their products and becoming a booster,” Cowsert told Atlanta Business Chronicle. “We have to be very careful that this isn’t used inappropriately by businesses agreeing to essentially pay some for their NIL when they really want to persuade someone to come to the University of Georgia.”
… will either be modified significantly, or outright ignored. ‘Crootin’ über alles!