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SportThe NCAA has zero power over NBA agents

19:30  15 september  2019
19:30  15 september  2019 Source:   nydailynews.com

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After they got the NCAA to roll over on the “Rich Paul Rule,” NBA agents are putting their collective foot down. The agents and NBA union are rejecting the NCAA’s new certification requirements for agents who plan to represent men’s college basketball players “testing the waters”, according to a report from ESPN on Saturday.

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The National Basketball Players Association penned a letter on behalf of player agents that says the NCAA’s certification process is “needlessly invasive and onerous and completely counterproductive." The letter shows the NCAA just how little power it wields here. The NBA will function as it has, whether those in charge at the collegiate level like it or not.

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“The NCAA has no knowledge or expertise over the subject matter of representing professional athletes,” the letter states, “and should defer on everything in that realm to the NBPA.”

That’s legalese for “Boy, bye.”

In the letter, agents made one offer and two demands: They’d take a bi-annual rules seminar, but not follow any non-union certification requirements, and they need to be able to pay for their clients’ housing and transportation.

The letter ends with “We are willing to work with the NCAA to flesh out the three bullet points above, but we, as a group, will not participate in the NCAA Agent Certification process in its current form.”

After the FBI investigation, the NCAA amended some of its rules, including allowing student-athletes to receive advice from agents up until a deadline in May, about a month prior to the NBA Draft. Players who declared for the NBA draft historically were unable to return for another year of college basketball once they signed with an agent. That put fringe draft prospects in a bind: choose between an uncertain NBA Draft standing and an uncertain year of playing college basketball for free. No one wants student-athletes to be uninformed at the most critical juncture of their lives.

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But in its agent certification process, the NCAA overstepped its boundaries.

In the letter, the agents wrote that the NCAA demanded “what amounts to subpoena power” level of access to private information. The NCAA has always been a selective investigator, and NBA agents weren’t about to let the NCAA poke its nose in their business.

This all started because the NCAA made the idiotic decision to single out Rich Paul, a force who represents LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe and Ben Simmons. The “Rich Paul Rule” portion of the original proposal required agents to have a bachelor’s degree, which Paul and some other agents do not. The equivalent of a riot ensued on social media, with James and other athletes blasting the NCAA for its unnecessary requirements.

At this point, the NCAA can either get with it or get lost, and that’s only if they’re not too far lost already. They’re already losing the battle in the eye of public perception among those who feel athletes should be paid for the revenue they bring into universities across the country. The NBA has already looked into providing a pathway for high school players to forego college and enter the G-League. Top draft prospects, like LaMelo Ball and R.J. Hampton, are choosing to play professionally overseas this season and earn money for a season before declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft. Their success and draft standing will only pave the way for the classes that follow.

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The truth of the matter is this: Playing college basketball is no longer as important as it once was. Zion Williamson was well on his way to becoming a household name long before he declared for Duke. Playing on TV is good for an athlete’s brand, but Instagram and viral social media culture has flipped the game on its head.

The top universities still hold the allure of an illustrious program, but if the opportunity eventually presents itself for high school players to earn a real salary while working with NBA coaches before entering the draft, it would be a no-brainer.

Maybe that’s why the NCAA tried to implement a mandatory and annual $1,250 membership fee for each agent in its proposed certification process. College basketball, as fun as it is, could find itself obsolete if players have an opportunity to make money and work on their game at the highest level. Throwing roadblocks in front of the agents of a few fringe NBA prospects isn’t going to stop that from happening.

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