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NCAA will allow hockey players to have agents

Today in “the NCAA is hypocritical”: The NCAA just passed a proposal to allow men’s hockey players to be represented by an agent without jeopardizing their college eligibility.

So why hockey and not basketball or football? A friend who is a huge hockey fan informs me that because hockey players are eligible to be drafted at age 17, many are drafted and already have their rights owned by teams before they go to college (similar to baseball). Because of that, many have “advisors” (a watered down version of an agent that can’t negotiate for you), so the NCAA legalized representation in hopes of remaining competitive with junior hockey in Canada, which is still the predominant route to the NHL.

Regardless, today’s rule sets an interesting precedent that does one of two things: Suggests legal representation is on its way to all sports; or if not, makes the NCAA even more hypocritical for allowing it in some sports and not all. Given the organization’s track record, I’m going with the latter.


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9 Comments for NCAA will allow hockey players to have agents

  1. nybrasky
    11:38 am January 19, 2018 Permalink

    It’s absurd that each sport has different rules. Obviously, the draft eligibility rules are determined by the leagues, but the NCAA should still have uniform eligibility and representation rules. If players can be drafted in baseball and hockey and choose to return to school, why can’t basketball and football players?

    I realize that salary caps, draft slot compensation and the lack of robust minor league systems differentiate the sports, but eligibility rules should be uniform.

    • premines19
      12:01 pm January 19, 2018 Permalink

      I think football would be a safety issue coming straight out of high school. Can you imagine a high school player lining up across from a seasoned linemen that’s 3 times your size?

  2. lexslamman
    12:10 pm January 19, 2018 Permalink

    Easy – hockey and baseball players are more likely to be white. Football and basketball players are almost always not white. Young hockey and baseball players, due to the sports’ equipment and time requirements, are much more likely to come from families with wealth and means and two parents. It’s not necessarily a racist or classist issue – young people from families without means and without sufficient adult supervision are much more easily exploited. It’s more of the “soft” racism of government/institutional paternalism (like affirmative action). Part of the reason I’m slowly evolving into a libertarian.

    • DelrayCat
      12:16 pm January 19, 2018 Permalink

      You are making much too much sense for this message board.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      12:19 pm January 19, 2018 Permalink

      Thanks Steven A Smith. Always about race, and when it’s not about race, it’s about race. Keep ur liberal BS. It’s about money. Period. NCAA hockey can’t compete with minor league systems, like hockey and baseball, whereas NCAA football and basketball have no minor league competition. Leave your race card at home

    • Han
      1:24 pm January 19, 2018 Permalink

      Jiminy Crickets, stop making us conservatives look bad. And do you know anything about libertarians or do you just assume “lib” equals evil? Bet when the government shuts down you’ll blame the Democrats, too, despite the Republicans controlling everything.

  3. serdi
    1:01 pm January 19, 2018 Permalink

    The decision of October 13 allowed the NCAA to throw away the rule book and have total disregard for college athletics and student athletes. They have no authority to enforce any rules so you will probably see weekly if not daily to new procedures…this week immediate transfer eligibility, agents for hockey players…wonder what comes down next week?

  4. oruacat2
    2:29 pm January 19, 2018 Permalink

    I like the way hockey does it.
    Will Butcher is a perfect example IMO. He was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in June 3013 in the 5th round. He chose to attend Denver University and began that fall semester. Colorado held his “rights”, but they didn’t show much interest and never offered him a deal. Butcher continued playing for Denver, captained them to a national title during his senior year, and won the Hobie Baker award (their Heisman Trophy). Now the Avs were interested, but their hold on Butcher’s “rights” expired that spring, and after being courted by several other teams, he signed as a free agent with New Jersey. The kid took control of his own destiny and Colorado wasted a draft pick taking a chance on him.

  5. trevuk2k
    7:52 pm January 19, 2018 Permalink

    Mark Emmert is still enemy number one