#TheRichPaulRule

#TheRichPaulRule

According to ESPN, there are some hefty changes coming to NCAA College Basketball Athletes. As it stands now, hiring an agent to represent you as an underclassman has minimal regulations. With the rule becoming effective, the new criteria for an agent to represent a College Athlete must include the following:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree
  • NBPA Certification for at least three consecutive years
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Completion of an exam that must be taken in person. This exam would take place at the NCAA Office in Indianapolis during the early part of November.

So, who is Rich Paul? Rich Paul is an NBA-Agent that currently represents LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, Draymond Green, and others. Rich also recently brought his Klutch Sports Group to work under the United Talent Agency’s canopy. With this new rule in effect, despite Rich Paul’s experience, he would be unable to represent an underclassman as he has no Bachelor’s Degree.

LeBron James wasted no time sharing his thoughts on Twitter not just once, but twice. If I was representing the NCAA at this exact moment, my palm would currently be covering my face, because this rule is completely unnecessary.

Does anyone else find it odd that the NCAA will now require a bachelors degree for folks being asked to represent an athlete? Listen, if a college athlete decides they want to choose their 22-year old brother to be their agent, why are there now contingencies in place to not allow it, should the said brother not have his degree? I get the idea that the NCAA wants their athletes to succeed. If they feel adding these rules will help, great, at least they are trying. But this route is not the solution.

By prohibiting anyone from reaching their full potential on the basis they don’t have a document that states they received an education, even if they are the most qualified for the position, we are giving in to the belief that our worth is valued by our education only. This reason alone is why I believe it’s wrong and the incorrect decision.

Does this warrant controversy? Is the NCAA making the right decision or is it a step backwards? Discuss below!


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