Alabama bill would allow NIL for high school athletes

December 13, 2023 / Athletic AdministrationCoaching
An Alabama state representative has proposed a bill that would allow high school student-athletes to be compensated for their name, image, and likeness (NIL) without losing eligibility.

Rep. Jeremy Gray (D-Opelika) introduced House Bill 25, which would bypass the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s (AHSAA) amateur policy that states high school student-athletes cannot profit from NIL opportunities.

alabamaA recent story from detailed the bill that could bring NIL to Alabama high school athletes. Below is an excerpt from the story.

Gray’s bill is limited to the athlete and does not allow the use of “marks, including a school logo, school name, school mascot, or trademarked logo or acronym of an athletic association,” along with some other restrictions. Plus, the bill says no student-athletes in the state “shall be prevented from receiving compensation for the use of his or her name, image or likeness.”

Gray, who played football at NC State and was a former three-star recruit, told the move would put Alabama on the same level playing field as other states that have NIL laws for high school athletes.

“It’s already happening on a college level and what better way to get kids trained to the mindset of NIL by starting in high school,” Gray told

The AHSAA follows an amateur policy that says high school student-athletes “can’t use (their) athletic abilities to gain anything financially,” according to director Alvin Briggs.

Yet, things got extremely murky when AHSAA assistant director Jeff Segars told WCOV Fox 20 in mid-October that “for the most part, [the Georgia High School Association NIL rule is] nothing different from what our amateur rule says.”

“Our amateur rule says that an athlete can’t make money off his athletic ability,” Segars said. “We have that. It’s not NIL. It’s an amateur rule. But everybody is jumping up and down saying, ‘We gotta have NIL.’ Well, the NCAA doesn’t even know what it is. They’re trying to get control of it. All these people want to talk about NIL. Our amateur rule is doing a good job.

“Our member schools make the rules. If they want to come in and change it, we’ll enforce the rules like they make them.”

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