Report: Two Georgia football players, other student-athletes expected to sign NIL deals
A few student-athletes at the University of Georgia won’t be wasting anytime in signing a name, image and likeness deal when the state’s new law goes into effect on July 1. According to a report, two Bulldogs football players and three other student-athletes are expected to cash in on the opportunity.
Per the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Georgia alum and fan TJ Calloway plans to sign contracts with quarterback Brock Vandagriff, kicker Jack Podlesny from the football team, as well as track athlete Matthew Boling, golfer Trent Phillips and baseball’s Connor Tate.
Calloway runs a men’s apparel brand, Onward Reserve.
The state of Georgia signed the NIL bill into law in May. There is currently no federal legislation approved on the matter and the NCAA has been dragging its feet for years on this topic. But when July 1 hits, student-athletes in Georgia plan to take advantage.
With the NCAA’s delay in the process of approving NIL legislation, states have taken the matter into their own hands. It’s going to completely change the the organization’s amateurism model.