Thursday, March 30, 2023

The Downside of NIL

I already wrote about what I don't like a Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) in NCAA sports. But there was something I didn't think about until I read an article in a paper magazine (not available online).

School boosters are using NIL as a recruitment device. A player choose a certain university to play football at because the boosters promised him $13 million in NIL money. I mean, we might as well just give up and start paying college football players like we do NFL players. Wave $13 million in front of an 18-year-old kid and he'll probably ask "Where do I sign?" (Wave $13 million in front of anybody and they'll likely ask "Where do I sign?") 

And what happens when after his first successful year at that school, he gets a better offer and uses the transfer portal to go to a new school? 

What happens when Phil Knight figures this out and manages to get huge NIL contracts with Nike for good players to go to Oregon?

This will put the best players not at the best schools for them and their football career, but at the schools whose boosters can come up with the most NIL money.

As much as I loath NCAA micromanaging sports recruiting (which it is doing less of since a Supreme Court decision), I think it should put a stop to this kind of big money dealing when it comes to 18-year-old kids. If you waived $13 million in front of me when I was 18, I would have jumped at it even if it wasn't the best thing for me.

How do you feel about this abuse of NIL? Should the NCAA put a stop to it? Let me know in the comments below.

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