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Calipari: College basketball should follow baseball and allow player representation

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In the wake of last week’s FBI probe into bribery in college basketball, many head coaches in the sports are speaking out on the current state of the game and what can be done to fix it. Yesterday, Jon Rothstein spoke to John Calipari after practice and Calipari called for the sport to allow players representation like baseball:

“Players should be allowed representation just like they have in baseball,” Calipari said following Tuesday’s practice at Kentucky. “They don’t need a new model because there’s already a model in place. That’s what they do in baseball. Players should be able to earn income because of their name, their signature, and their likeness. If a uniform is sold with a player’s name on it, the player should get a percentage on it. If they want to go out and sign autographs, let them sign autographs. The money should be deferred. They should be able to sign a shoe contract too, but the money should be deferred unless it’s used by the parents of the player for transportation or expenses to come and see the kid’s play. They’re not professionals if that happens and it probably eliminates a lot of stuff.”

Cal also called for the return of grad assistants on the staff and the need to “figure out summer basketball,” which seems to be the center of corruption.

Read more at the link below.

Rothstein | Calipari says NCAA hoops should take page from baseball


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7 Comments for Calipari: College basketball should follow baseball and allow player representation

  1. kfwa
    8:09 am October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Unfortunately I don’t agree with Cal.

    Deferring the money isn’t going to solve anything. The rich will get richer – promises of deferred money will be used to steer players to specific schools.

  2. MattyBangsPCResponse
    8:11 am October 4, 2017 Permalink

    I 100% agree with Cal. This would be great. The best players make the most money.

  3. MadHatter
    9:19 am October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Why can’t college athletes make money during college? They’re responsible for millions in revenue to the school anyway. It’s not like it’s unfair. I say if anybody can bring millions to the school (ie athlete, band member, academic team, art major) pay them! Solves everything fairly.

  4. MadHatter
    9:21 am October 4, 2017 Permalink

    Also, require a personal money finance class so they don’t pull an Antoine walker

  5. kfwa
    10:49 am October 4, 2017 Permalink

    so a kid like Anthony Davis can come to UK and make $2m in an autograph tour, across the state selling jerseys, autographs, whatever – so Kansas decides that every group of kids they get goes on a nationwide tour promoting car dealership openings, book signings, etc., so every starter is guaranteed at least $3m a year in income

    where would it end? What you would see is a program that now not only includes giving athletes the best education, facilities and access possible, but not also dedicated to generating income for them based on their celebrity and endorsements.

    Its a recipe for rampant corruption, buying players and killing budgets. Programs would end up funneling money that would go back to the school or athletic program into deferred payment for players or creating income packages for players to maximize their endorsement revenue. sand big donor alumni would be paying players for access to the program like the Eddie Sutton days.

    • MadHatter
      1:30 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      In all honesty, do they care about receiving the best education if they’re staying one year and don’t need it? They’re gonna be pros with that lifestyle in a year. Give them a head start in college.

    • Ruppstartedit
      10:26 pm October 4, 2017 Permalink

      Agreed. I’d hate to see college basketball in a bidding war and promises of millions to sign.
      BTW has Cal said categorically he has nothing to fear from the feds? The awful thing about the FBI sting is that all these coaches thought they were safe by having third parties pay the players. I hope Cal is too smart to allow even the equipment manager involved. There are a lot of people to monitor.