The proposal failed with an advantage of 538-254.
Ohio, United States – Editor’s note: The video in the player above is taken from a story that originally aired on April 29, 2022.
Ohio High School athletes will not be able to make a profit on their own behalf, image and likeness, announced the Ohio High School Sports Association on Tuesday morning.
NIL’s proposal was rejected by 538 votes to 254, and it would allow high school athletes to earn money through recommendations in the same way as collegiate athletes from July 1, 2021.
“Every year, the referendum vote shows that our member schools have the right to vote in this democratic process,” said OHSAA Executive Director Doug Utah. “Our office was very pleased with the discussions and opinions that our schools expressed this spring when we met with them on each of the 14 proposals. If NIL is going to enter the Ohio interschool landscape, we want schools to make that decision. Whatever we do next will include discussing this issue with our school administrators, board of directors, staff and heads of other state high school sports associations. ”
If this offer is rejected, then if the high school athlete signs a support agreement, he or she will lose amateur status and will be considered inadmissible to play OHSAA sports.
The NIL proposal was not the only one that failed in this vote, as the proposal added an exception to the Enrollment and Attendance Regulations that would allow a student enrolled in a public member school that does not sponsor a team sport to potentially practice the sport in public. the school, located in the border neighborhood of public schools, also failed. This vote was much closer, failing with a small 406 votes to 393.
Of the 14 new proposals, these were the only two that failed. The 12 that passed include one for eligibility, three for transfer situations and one for rewards.
For more information and full voting results visit https://www.ohsaa.org/School-Resources/referendum-voting