How the NIL Revolution is Changing Athletics


MARCH, 2023

The NCAA’s recent Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) rule change is a monumental shift in college athletics. This new rule allows college athletes to monetize their name, image, and likeness, granting them unprecedented opportunities and setting a precedent for high schoolers to follow. But what does this revolution mean for high school athletes? Let’s take a look.

The Impact of NIL on High School Athletics

The NCAA’s NIL ruling has caused a ripple effect that has extended to high school athletes across the country. With college athletes now able to get paid for their name, image, and likeness with endorsements and sponsorships, it stands to reason that high schoolers should be able to do the same – or does it? Several states are considering legislation that would allow high school athletes to get paid before they reach college age.

These laws could have a huge impact on high school athletics. For starters, some argue it could create an even playing field among those who can afford sports equipment and those who cannot (plenty argue the opposite). Also, student-athletes from all economic backgrounds would have more opportunities to make money off of their talents instead of relying solely on their families or scholarships, but at what cost (attending another school, moving districts, etc)? Lastly, some argue student-athletes would have more incentive to stay in school since they can gain financial benefits while furthering their education at the same time.

But it goes without saying that not everyone is in favor of this change; some worry that it could lead to corruption within amateur sports or put too much pressure on student-athletes at a young age. It remains unclear how much of an impact this will have on the game overall—only time will tell if these changes are ultimately beneficial or detrimental to our youth sports programs. Regardless of the outcome though, it’s safe to say that we are entering a new era of athletics that is unlike anything we’ve seen before.

The NCAA’s recent decision has changed the game for both collegiate and high school athletes alike—and many states are now considering allowing these younger players to get paid as well. While this could open up opportunities for student-athletes from all backgrounds, there are still concerns about whether or not this decision is a net positive for youth sports programs everywhere. Only time will tell how these changes will affect amateur athletics—but one thing is certain: we are in the midst of an exciting revolution with far-reaching implications for everyone involved in the game!

Subscribe to newsletter