Gaines Street Pies, a pizza restaurant owned by City Commissioner Jeremy Matlow, is in negotiations with an FSU offensive lineman to sign a name, image and likeness (NIL) deal.
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 really well,” general manager Bobby Harty said. “After that, the Gibbons family reached out looking for a spot to continue their traditional pizza night for the offensive linemen and we were happy to accommodate them.”
Gibbons, who is an offensive lineman transfer from Notre Dame, made national news when he started a GoFundMe page to raise money to help his friend travel to the FSU v. Notre Dame game last year.
The Florida law related to the NIL places restrictions on who can be involved with negotiations. At this time, universities in Florida are not allowed to be a part any talks with businesses and players.
However, a bill titled Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation was recently filed 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 which was filed by Rep. Chip LaMarca, a Republican from Broward County late last year.