The top-ranked high school football recruit for the class of 2022, Quinn Ewers, was set to start his senior year at Southlake Carroll High School in Texas. The new Texas NIL law, however, does not allow athletes to profit from NIL before they enroll in college. High school athletes are excluded from the new rule. As a result, Ewers finished his remaining high school requirements online and graduated early. He is now enrolled at Ohio State and recently signed a $1.4M deal with GT Sports Marketing for autograph rights.
Should high school athletes also be allowed to profit from NIL?
Is there a good reason to bar student-athletes from making money?
If not, should universities be able to recruit athletes by offering cash payments like signing bonuses or salaries?
If yes, who should govern:
- The NCAA?
- State legislatures?
- Or conferences made up of several schools?
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