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How SEC refocused on NIL direction and the free agent challenges it presents

SystemSystem Posts: 10,777 admin
edited June 2022 in Article commenting
imageHow SEC refocused on NIL direction and the free agent challenges it presents

DESTIN, Fla. — SEC leadership advanced the ball on NIL issues challenging college football, but by no means has anyone crossed the goal line.

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    edubbedubb Posts: 56 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Duh! These guys with all of these college degrees and credentials were not smart enough to allow this mess to happen? No wonder our government is in such a mess if two college rule changes can not be handled in a sensible organized manner.

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    ShoottheHoochShoottheHooch Posts: 1,612 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    What dumbfounds me is conference commissioners, university presidents, and ADs, supposedly intelligent people, suggesting that there needs to be federal guidelines established to regulate NIL. Yeah, considering the mess the NCAA has made, getting Nancy Pelosi and her gang of misfits to fix it will only make a bad situation worse!

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    MikeGriffithMikeGriffith Posts: 3,682 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @ShoottheHooch They could need an exemption from Congress or they could be subject to antitrust lawsuits.

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    DawgTattooDawgTattoo Posts: 416 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    The dollar amount these kids are getting are not commensurate with the value of their "name, image and likeness", in my opinion.

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    dazzledawgdazzledawg Posts: 209 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Cory Booker and his gang forced this issue.

    It's not like kids have other choices besides signing a scholarship.

    What do you guys suggest Sankey do?

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    JimWallaceJimWallace Posts: 5,773 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    They're missing a major point.

    If nobody wants the player, the player gets no NIL money. Thus ultimate power over NIL money is in the hands of the collective body of college football programs. Ultimate power is also in the hands of each and every college as long as all college programs refuse or are unable to act collectively.

    Exactly what to do with that power can't be determined until it is recognized.

    Go, Dawgs!

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    ShoottheHoochShoottheHooch Posts: 1,612 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate
    edited June 2022

    Fear of Congress and antitrust lawsuits breaking up the college football plantation system is the reason we have NIL and the transfer portal.

    The NCAA fought like crazy to maintain the status quo vs. O’Bannon but lost and gave away the farm to make sure Congress didn’t get involved in further antitrust investigations. Now the NCAA is fighting to maintain the masquerade of athletes being college students.

    Once that battle is lost and that’s the road we’re headed down with A&M buying a number one recruiting class, recruits wanting NIL deals before ever stepping on campus, and free agency, what we have is professional minor league football with the players dressed in university colors and uniforms which is no small thing.

    Without the guise of college athletics, there would be no demand for the product the minor league players/ student athletes have to offer. The university NIL is the real product. Without it, not 500 people would show up to watch the Athens Bulldogs play the Tuscaloosa Crimson Tide for the exact quality of play as we had in the national championship game.

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    dawgfromduluthdawgfromduluth Posts: 365 ✭✭✭ Junior
    edited June 2022

    I hate to say I told you so but I did, two years ago on the forum.

    Pay for play and free agency. This is now a professional sport and with it will come contracts, regulation, oversight and disparity because of the state-to-state legal variations. Players will have agents and legal teams. There will be lawsuits. It will be more difficult to develop a level CFP playing field. Academics will become secondary. Recruiting as we know it may become a draft process. The NCAA may not survive the transformation - they aren't smart enough to handle it all.

    What will happen to the kids who become teenage millionaires, get injured, don't graduate, washout of school without any real world job skills and run out of money, get evicted, etc.?

    It's about to get very complicated.

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