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NCAA reverses rule requiring agents to have degrees

Remember last week when the NCAA announced a new rule requiring agents to have a bachelor’s degree to represent student-athletes? The “Rich Paul Rule” was quickly and soundly booed, and after Paul himself took the NCAA to the woodshed in an op-ed for The Athletic this morning, the NCAA has thrown in the towel.

The organization just announced it has amended the rule so that student-athletes can be represented by agents who “have a bachelor’s degree and/or are currently certified and in good standing with the NBA Players Association.” Agents must also have been certified by the NBPA for a minimum of three consecutive years, maintain professional liability insurance, complete the NCAA qualification exam, and pay the required fees.

The NCAA claims “specific individuals were not considered” when they developed the new rule but the writing is on the wall. This morning, Paul — who represents LeBron James, Anthony Davis, John Wall, and Ben Simmons and does not have a bachelor’s degree — outlined why the requirement was so bad, arguing that it targets those who don’t have the means to go to college.

The harmful consequences of this decision will ricochet onto others who are trying to break in. NCAA executives are once again preventing young people from less prestigious backgrounds, and often people of color, from working in the system they continue to control.  In this case, the people being locked out are kids who aspire to be an agent and work in the NBA and do not have the resources, opportunity or desire to get a four-year degree.

[The Athletic]

Shoutout to the NCAA for getting it right for once…even if they got some egg on their face.



Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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12 Comments for NCAA reverses rule requiring agents to have degrees

  1. gobble gobble
    3:54 pm August 12, 2019 Permalink

    No “shoutout to the NCAA”… is that a joke? The only reason they changed it was bc of all the pressure they’ve been receiving from society in general. Never shout out to an evil organization like the NCAA

    • gobble gobble
      3:55 pm August 12, 2019 Permalink

      They no doubt would’ve loved to keep the new college degree rule

  2. Bluebloodtoo
    4:29 pm August 12, 2019 Permalink

    Finally! The NCAA sets a good example by admitting it made a mistake and fixing it.

  3. CrystalBall
    4:50 pm August 12, 2019 Permalink

    Gobble. Wouldn’t classify the NCAA as an “evil” organization. They do a lot of good, and in most cases are very fair. Most NCAA rules are simple and easy to follow for those who are honest and not trying to con the “system”.

    • runningunnin.454
      5:19 pm August 12, 2019 Permalink

      They investigate college entrance exams and high school curriculum in some cases; but, pay no attention to university curriculums (in some cases).

    • CrystalBall
      10:25 pm August 12, 2019 Permalink

      runningunnin454. University curriculum is not the NCAA’s responsibility. The AA stands for Athletic Association, not the Academic Association. Unless academics are found to amount to an impermissable benifit to student athletics, the NCAA is not involved.

  4. kentuckybackupplayer
    5:02 pm August 12, 2019 Permalink

    The NCAA is more tone deaf than Archie Bunker.

  5. UKCatAttack
    8:46 pm August 12, 2019 Permalink

    Wouldn’t you want your agent to have a college degree? It sort of seems like hiring a lawyer who didn’t go to law school or seeing a doctor that didn’t got to Med Schhok. An agent is helping the athlete make Multi million dollar decisions I’d think the agent should have a college degree.

    • UKCatAttack
      8:46 pm August 12, 2019 Permalink


    • nocode96
      9:58 pm August 12, 2019 Permalink

      I get your argument, but I think it’s apples to oranges though. Becoming a doctor requires learning a very strict set of standards and lots of work, studying, and practice. All you really need to make people money is hitch your wagon to the right star, be a bit charismatic, and be a little ruthless. Those aren’t skills learned in a classroom. A pretty good friend of mine from Nashville manages a pretty famous, outlaw type country singer and he dropped out of high school. He just happens to be best friends with the guy with talent and is a world class bullshltter.

  6. The last sith lord
    6:38 am August 13, 2019 Permalink

    The rule was and still is biased against thw kids themselves.. One does not need a degree to be an agent . mamy of the kids have chosen a family member to be an agent…. Which this rule nixed