Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

NCAA amends controversial 'Rich Paul Rule'

NCAA amends controversial 'Rich Paul Rule'

One week after issuing a memo citing new requirements for agents that wish to represent underclassmen in the NBA Draft process, the NCAA has backed off the controversial provision saying those agents must have a college degree. Paul is a self-made man who demands respect from his peers throughout the sports world.

Just last week, a new set of requirements - unofficially dubbed the "Rich Paul Rule," named after the founder and CEO of Klutch Sports Group - for National Basketball Association agents was revealed by the NCAA, but things have since changed. Well, it appears as though the NCAA has seen the error of their ways as they announced today that the provision would be reversed and those without Bachelor degrees could continue their business as usual.

Monday's reversal came on the same day in which Paul slammed the NCAA in The Athletic.

The NCAA denied that Paul was targeted in the initial decision.

"NCAA member schools developed the new agent certification process to accomplish that goal and reflect our higher education mission".

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Though he says otherwise, this new ruling could have an impact on Paul's opportunities to represent young players who are fresh out of college.

"Does anyone really believe a four-year degree is what separates an ethical person from a con artist?" he asked.

Agents such as Darrell Comer, who represents the Los Angeles Clippers' James Palmer and the Washington Wizards' Chasson Randle, have argued that rule will exclude those trying to break into an agent pool that is predominantly white and male - especially damaging since such lower-level agents are the ones most likely to try to represent college kids testing the waters.

Have NBPA certification for a minimum of three consecutive years.

With FBI investigations into college programs, coaches being jailed for breaking recruiting rules and more public voices advocating for paying players or allowing them to make money off their likeness, there have been more elite basketball players turning to other options. Along with retweeting messages of support, James claimed nothing would stop the movement, and Thompson tweeted "Rich Paul", alongside an emoji of a goat, referencing the acronym for "greatest of all time". The former five-star prospect signed on with Paul and Klutch Sports prior to the NBA Draft.

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