Tennessee prep sports organization votes to allow NIL deals

Name, image, and likeness trickle down from collegiate athletics
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The rulemaking arm of Tennessee’s high school sports oversight organization has made a change that allows student athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness.

A news release from the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association says its legislative council voted for the change on Thursday, effective immediately.

Students could receive payment as long as the activities are not related to performance, don’t suggest the endorsement or sponsorship of their school and don’t include the student in gear featuring the name or logo of their school.

Nineteen other states allow high school athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness without affecting their eligibility to play in college.

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