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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

MSHSL approves NIL guidelines for athletes

In a major shift of policy, the Minnesota State High School League Board of Directors approved new guidelines on compensation of student-athletes for the use of their name, image and likeness.

The new guidelines govern students promoting or endorsing a product or service in exchange for a fee, or otherwise generating income using their name, image or likeness — essentially bringing the MSHSL in line with current NCAA guidelines.

According to the new guidelines, students may receive compensation for officiating, instructing, teaching or coaching skills in a sport, and may use NIL to promote or advertise the availability of instruction.

A student also may receive compensation to advertise or promot the sale or use of a commercial product or service, provided there is no school involvement and no MSHSL or school logos, marks or mascots used in the advertisement or promotion.

Students may be compensated for their autograph in conjunction with a non-school promotional activity, provided no MSHSL or school logos, marks or mascots are used.

A student also may use representative services to market NIL activities, provided the representative is not an employee or independent contractor of a member school.

More on the new guidelines, including restrictions imposed within the policy, will appear in the June 15 print and e-editions of the Citizen.

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