NYC high school athletes can now benefit from their name, image, and likeness (NIL) after the NYCAA executive committee decided on Wednesday to revise the association’s rules for amateurs.
Student Athletes are permitted to “participate in advertisements where there is no school team, school, section, or NYSPHSAA affiliation.” Students are also prohibited from appearing in school uniforms as a sign of approval, and may not use the school, section, or NYSHPSAA logos or marks as a sign of approval.
This move by the NYSPHSAA follows the NCAA’s NIL regulations allowing college athletes to take advantage of support opportunities that took effect July 1. California was the first state to allow high school athletes to enjoy their name, image, and likeness.
NYSPHSAA chief executive Robert Zayas raised the NIL situation during an interview with the Daily Gazette in August.
“I think that since July 1, when the NCAA lifted the NIL rule, it has become difficult to distinguish between the benefits of one’s athletic fame and the impact on social media,” Zayas said. “Because there are many student athletes who have many social media followers that have nothing to do with their athletic ability; but because of their athletic ability, does this negatively impact their ability to influence social media? I think it is getting harder and harder to distinguish between them. I think it is in the interest of the association and our member schools – and student athletes – if we just say, “You can do what you do, but you cannot be associated with schools.”
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