NCAA President Charlie Baker is urging for a federal law to regulate college athletes’ compensation for their name, image, and likeness (NIL), which would create a registry of deals, agent certification, and uniform contract standards. Baker hopes a bill can move through Congress in the fall, but if not, the NCAA has to be prepared to regulate NIL on its own. In women’s basketball, the NCAA is changing its penalty for delay-of-game violations and adding a new rule on flopping. The NCAA baseball tournament moves to super regionals this weekend, with eight winners advancing to the College World Series.
Based on the latest news from The Associated Press, NCAA President Charlie Baker is pushing for a federal law to regulate the way college athletes can be compensated for their name, image, and likeness (NIL). The proposed law would create a registry of deals, agent certification, and uniform contract standards. Baker hopes to see this bill pass through Congress in the fall before next year’s election cycle ramps up. If not, he says the NCAA must be prepared to try to clean up NIL on its own.
Speaking at the Future of College Sports Summit in Washington, Baker expressed his belief that the previous NCAA leadership made a mistake in not trying to regulate NIL on its own. With the rise of social media and the increasing monetization of college sports, it’s becoming more and more important to have a clear set of rules in place to protect the interests of both athletes and institutions.
In other NCAA news, the organization is changing its penalty for delay-of-game violations in women’s basketball and introducing a new rule on flopping. Under the new rule, players will no longer receive a technical foul for certain delay-of-game violations, including the one that Iowa star guard Caitlin Clark was called for in the Hawkeyes’ NCAA championship game loss to LSU. Instead, the team will receive a technical foul, and the player will not be charged.
Finally, the NCAA baseball tournament is moving to super regionals this weekend. The four best-of-three series starting Friday are South Carolina at Florida, Duke at Virginia, Oral Roberts at Oregon, and Indiana State at TCU. The series starting Saturday are Alabama at Wake Forest, Texas at Stanford, Kentucky at LSU, and Tennessee at Southern Mississippi. The eight winners of the best-of-three series will advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, starting June 16.
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