Good morning and happy Saturday to all!
NIL is closing in for a number of states in the South as well as California. On July first student-athletes in Florida, Texas, California and a few other states will be able to profit off of their name, image, and likeness while the rest of the country remains in a holding pattern.
But yesterday the news broke that the NCAA will have some parameters in place for NIL by the end of the month:
Got a copy of a memo NCAA president Mark Emmert sent out to everyone in Divisions I, II and III this afternoon, urging the D-I Council to pass NIL legislation before the end of the month. And if not ... pic.twitter.com/ojX04AVwLo— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) June 18, 2021
This comes off of the heels of UK and John Calipari releasing info about how they plan to utilize NIL at the university and after a number of football players around the country took to their social media and let it be known that their DMs were open for offers from local businesses.
I didn’t think the NCAA would actually do anything before July so this comes as a complete shock to me. But it cannot be ignored that the NCAA would have had a major problem on their hands if student athletes from only six states could profit off of their NIL while the rest of the country couldn’t do anything.
This is perfect timing as Jalen Duren is set to visit campus at the end of the month. Even with this, the G-League is going to be tough to turn down if they do indeed offer him an excess of $1 million dollars.
Tweets of the Day
@oscar_tshiebwe— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) June 19, 2021
Big O is back after a much needed trip to Congo to visit his family!
We’ve seen this before. It’s too damn bad we didn’t see him and Immanuel Quickley together in the NCAA Tournament.
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Good stuff there from Matt Norlander.
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