The NCAA Is (Finally) Allowing Basketball Players To Be Represented By Agents And Return To School If They Happen To Go Undrafted
Wait, wait, wait...not so fast! Before I go ahead and celebrate the NCAA's long overdue and unspoken admission that there is a booming business behind "amateur" sports, I must know...has anyone taken Mark Emmert's temperature? At the very least, he should have been offered a Snickers before signing off on an idea that makes far too much sense. You know, on the off-chance that was too hungry to be his shamelessly greedy, hypocritical self.
Don't get me wrong, I wholeheartedly appreciate that the student-athletes will finally get the well-deserved opportunity to explore which half of that label best suits their immediate future before deciding on it, but I can't help but wonder why the change in what was presumed to be a cold, dark hole where their heart was supposed to be. The fact that the agents in question must be NCAA-certified probably explain$ a lot, but nearly enough for me to understand a suspiciously simple decision that's been obvious as long as it has been ignored.
This is just out of character in the sense that it shows a semblance of character within an organization that, at long last, is throwing a shekel of sensibility the way of those that allow them to make money hand over fist. This is probably only a come-to-Jesus moment for the NCAA because they figured out a way to take a little off the top of the collection plate. However, at least now they having something other than the (highly ineffective) ruse that college sports are more about the people playing them to get off their chest when they somehow avoid burning as they step into the confessional booth.