USA Basketball, NBA 'blindsided' by new NCAA agent rule

USA Basketball, NBA 'blindsided' by new NCAA agent rule

USA Basketball, NBA 'blindsided' by new NCAA agent rule

All player-agent relationships, however, must be in writing, disclosed to the NCAA and ended when the player comes back to school.

Among the most significant changes are the new rules that allow undrafted players to return to school, provide financial assistance to players who leave school early and wish to return later to finish their degree, and give high school and college athletes the opporunity to be represented by an agent. "We're not in a position to try to say who gets an agent and who does not'". The announcement that USA Basketball would determine which players would be permitted to hire agents apparently "blindsided" both that organization, who are not viewed as prepared to handle such a responsibility. "It's just dumb. The market would be set".

Missing in the NCAA's package of rule changes is anything to do with pay for players, a wish from many in the college sports community and the inspiration for a multitude of opinion pieces over the years. The NCAA now will also be able to use information obtained in outside investigations - such as the FBI - to aid in its own probes and also will now hold school presidents and chancellors personally accountable for their athletic departments following the rules. While that appears to be the direction the league and union are headed, discussions are centered on the 2022 National Basketball Association draft as the earliest. Coaches and athletics staff must now also report any income over $600 from a source outside the school, such as an apparel company.

No schools were mentioned, but two Federal Bureau of Investigation reports, one in September and another in April, have identified recruiting practices that violate NCAA rules involving prospects who wound up at several schools, including Kansas.

"These changes will promote integrity in the game, strengthen accountability and prioritize the interests of student-athletes over every other factor", NCAA leaders said in joint statement. It's a bunch of people sitting in a room who have never dealt with the problems.

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