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The Pettiness That Is The NCAA

The new Rich Paul Rule goes down in flames after fans and athletes clap back

The Rich Paul Rule was in full effect for the NCAA for approximately a weekend. Essentially, The Rich Paul Rule stated that an NCAA player’s agent (only basketball players however) was required to have a Bachelor’s degree so that the player would be protected from having an untrustworthy agent. This doesn’t sound terrible at face value, but let me explain why it’s bad and why it’s good that it got taken down so quickly.

The point of this was to protect the financial interest of the athlete. In theory this was going to work because an educated agent is supposed to be the same as a good and reliable/trustworthy agent, and not someone random who doesn’t know what they’re doing. If you’re a college athlete, one of the most important things you can do is have a reliable agent. While this rule seemed like it would accomplishing that goal, it would have only sent things going backwards. Why? Well, since when the hell has the NCAA given athletes any financial attention? They don’t even pay the players, so why were they thinking that they should have a say in how the athletes can and can’t be represented? Why was it the business of the NCAA to enforce these rules, even if it was briefly? Simple. It wasn’t.

But that wasn’t it. Basketball is a majority Black sport with many of its players coming from an underprivileged background. So not only was there a potential race card at play, but they were ruining opportunities for players to hire a family member or experienced friend to represent them. Let’s take Rich Paul for example, who also happens to be the agent for LeBron James. He didn’t use college to become the best agent in the NBA, he used his drive, connections, and experiences in order to get to where he is today. College is usually important, but as an agent, college isn’t necessary; it’s only something to say you did. So by making this rule, the next Rich Pauls to come out of the gates would have been trapped in the gates, unable to do their magic unless they represent an NBA player, which would have been harder for someone inexperienced to do.

Overall, the NCAA is stupid, power hungry, and contradictory. It is a great thing that this rule got taken down before we felt it’s effect, but it’s only gone because of the major criticism that the media and players alike were giving the NCAA.

P.S.

The one-and-done rule needs to be deleted from existence too. But that’s a whole other article.

 

By Hugo Vazquez, Senior, Brooks College Prep

Instagram: @sadbullsfan14 / Snapchat: hugovbrooks

Written by TrueStar Staff

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