City Commissioner Matlow’s Restaurant in Negotiations with FSU Football Player for NIL Deal – Tallahassee Reports
Gaines Street Pies, a pizzeria owned by City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow, is in negotiations with an FSU offensive lineman to sign a name, image and likeness (NIL) agreement.
Tomahawknation.com first reported the negotiations.
“We worked with Dillan Gibbons and his organization Big Man, Big Heart, providing food for his event with the Boys and Girls Club over the holidays, and the event went very well,” the general manager said. Bobby Harty. “After that, the Gibbons family looked for a place to continue their traditional pizza night for offensive linemen and we were happy to host them.”
Gibbons, who is an offensive lineman transferred from Notre Dame, made national news when he started a GoFundMe page to raise money to help his friend get to the FSU game against Notre Dame last year.
Florida NIL law imposes restrictions on who may be involved in negotiations. At this time, Florida universities are not permitted to participate in discussions with companies and players.
However, a bill titled Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation was recently introduced in the state Senate by Travis Hutson, a Republican from northeast Florida. The bill would allow college representatives to be included in the NIL process.
The Senate bill has companion legislation in the House that was introduced by Rep. Chip LaMarca, a Broward County Republican late last year.