Despite NCAA Board Not Recommending One-Time Transfer Waiver, Optimism Remains

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"As The Athletic's Andy Staples described it: "[The NCAA] will continue to go through the motions of protecting a notion of parity that has been hilariously refuted by every college football season that has ever been played".

"These are student-athletes that we're talking about, and I emphasize that word student on objective there", Tiner said.

"Students are - and must be - at the center of everything that we do". "The decisions we make must reinforce the steadfast commitment we have to the health, safety and well-being of our student athletes".

The Transfer Waiver Working Group recommended waiver guidelines change to allow the one-time transfer waiver, but while the Board of Directors recommended lifting the moratorium on transfer legislation, it disagreed on changing the waiver process. The letters asked for the blanket waivers for a period of two to four years to allow schools to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

None of these suggestions take into consideration that all these student athletes are already being paid very well for their time and effort.

"The divisions and conferences still have a lot of work to do to draft legislation and develop the details of those recommendations, but it was great to work on".

(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website). The request will be considered by appropriate governance bodies, including the Division I Council Coordination Committee.

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"We need to make sure we provide the protections necessary so they can do it with integrity and in the right way and ultimately not be taken advantage of", said Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, co-chair of the NCAA's working group.

The proposal would also guarantee student-athlete representation to pursue these specific opportunities by amending the definition of an agent to permit a student-athlete to receive advice, assistance in contract negotiations and marketing of his or her athletics ability for purposes of name, image and likeness activities, provided the professional service provider does not market the student-athlete's athletics reputation for professional sports opportunities.

The use of school or conference logos, however, would not be allowed for student-athletes in their NIL dealings.

The Legislative Solutions Group developed these concepts with the understanding that the changes are consistent with the collegiate model.

One of Self's biggest concerns last fall was that the rule changes were the same across the board. "I view this as a directive to bring all the pieces together". This, of course, runs counter to a suggestion from the suggestion of the NCAA transfer working group.

Not all have embraced the idea of college students, which have always been considered amateur athletes, being compensated while in school - the so-called "professionalization" of collegiate sports. The Division I Council had been expected to vote on adopting the reform at its May meeting.

In October, the NCAA board unveiled a series of guiding principles for this initiative, directing each of the organization's three divisions to create the necessary new rules and have them in place by no later than January 2021.

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