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Breaking: NCAA is Still a Joke

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The NCAA approved the “Cecil Newton Rule”...just a little late.

Breaking: NCAA is Still a Joke

The NCAA loves to cling to its whimsical little principle of amateurism, so evidence that Cecil Newton sought money from MSU—and  slightly less evidence that he received it from Auburn—was bad. But not illegal! That's changed. The NCAA's Legislative Council approved a few new rules at their annual meeting, chief among them what's being called the Cecil Newton rule, which bars family members of athletes from financially gaining from their offspring's unique talents.

The actual rule qualifies "family members, certified contract advisors, financial advisors, marketing representatives, brand managers or anyone who is employed by or associated with such individuals" as agents, which is great. Also great ("great" in the sarcastic sense of "horrifying"): family members, contract advisors, financial advisors, marketing representatives and brand managers had never been legislated before. How long have we been doing this college sports thing? Like, more than a century? And we're only now putting down in writing that hangers-on can't profit from student-athletes? That's not being proactive. That's not even being reactive. That's barely being active at all.

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I guess we shouldn't be surprised that the NCAA had rules in place that allow everyone but the athlete to make money. But, really, how could this have not been a rule until now? Whether it's A.J. Green's jersey sales or Andre Drummond's scholarship situation, the NCAA continues to slap us in the face while laughing all the way to the bank.

Deadspin


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