Shoutout the NCAA for allowing student athletes to make money off their name, image and likeness. This is LONG overdue. The stories about athletes trying to profit off of themselves have been circulating for years. They have even resulted in stripped individual accolades, championship teams disavowed and players being suspended. It’s been a huge mess. My problem is that I could have been making MILLIONS off of myself.
I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t have made any money off my NIL. I wasn’t very good, but I never even had the ability to. As a former student-ath-o-lete, I met multiple people who could have profited off of themselves. Football, basketball and especially our cross country team athletes could have been raking in the dough. If you look at the number of University of Colorado athletes that competed in the Olympic trials, it’s obvious they would have easily received compensation for their incredible athletic skills, had they been allowed to.
The main part of this story is, the NCAA finally did something right. The problem is that they have left every single school in a position of uncertainty. Some colleges have plans in place, but there will undoubtedly be problems in this system. Call me a conspiracists, but I feel like chaos is what the NCAA wants. Maybe they want to see this fail and use it as an “I told you so” example.
One interesting thought is how will this affect the top colleges. Dabo Sweeney, Clemsons head football coach, has always been against paying athletes, 🤡, so this change feels like it could mess with his recruiting. I also think we are going to see a LOT of new younger coaches, along with a phasing out of older guys. You can’t tell me coach Mike Krzyzewski (wow I’ve never spelled this out) didn’t announce his retirement because he saw this on the horizon. He and Roy Williams knew the shift was happening and got/are getting out.
This is all new, and the future of this is unknown, but it’s pretty cool to see that athletes can advertise themselves now. It also brings back interest in athletes choosing college over the pros.
My prediction for this is that there are going to be a lot of hiccups, probably fines, suspensions and “_______ gates” due to players getting paid. That is why these colleges have to step up and make sure they monitor athletes situations.
This is a huge moment for sports in general and as long as we focus on the positive aspect of this movement, I think it’ll be a life changer.