NCAA support for paying athletes is a huge step

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It’s going to be a mess.

Do it anyway.

It’s going to be full of mistreatment.

Do it anyway.

It’s going to be expensive at a time when everyone associated with college sports is bleeding money.

Do it anyway.

The NCAA finally comes out – finally! – Castle amateurism and forge ahead with tangible measures to allow compensation for student-athletes. This was the news on Wednesday, when the NCAA leadership announced its adoption of the recommendations of a name, image and likeness task force that worked for a year to begin mining local college sports where she had locked herself. These recommendations are expected to be turned into concrete statute proposals in October for an NCAA membership vote in January 2021 and presumed implementation for the 2021-2022 academic year.

(But no, there will be no return from the video game. It has been shot. Condolences.)

The NCAA has, to use a catchphrase of an hour-long teleconference, “modernized” its position on paid players. Congratulations and everything, but let’s be honest. Whichever way it is worded, it was unintentional.

State lawmakers and miscellaneous prosecutions forced the association to this seismic change in its position forever. Now they hope that Congress will provide a bailout with national legislation that trumps state-by-state bills that would create chaos for an organization that operates on a single set of uniform rules.

However: it does not matter whether modernization is reluctant or voluntary. The fact that this happens is important. The fact that the NCAA is ready to move forward despite an avalanche of side effects, consequences and problems is what counts.



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