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Here’s How The NIL Program Is Making A Joke Out Of College Football

Darren - December 9, 2022
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Here’s How The NIL Program Is Making A Joke Out Of College Football

Darren - December 9, 2022

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Olympic Impact

The new NIL rules have had a profound effect on college sports across the nation. Schools are concentrating their resources on football and basketball because they’re the most lucrative. Meanwhile, they’ve dropped hundreds of other sports like diving and swimming. That’s because they don’t generate enough revenue (via Swim Swam).

New York Times

However, this may have a severe impact on the U.S. Olympic team. Talented athletes are facing limited options as schools close programs. There’s even talk of Congress intervening and limiting spending on football because of the disproportionate impact on other sports. Something needs to happen because there’s a crisis around the corner.

Marshall University Athletics

Football Bias

It’s a fact that football receives more attention and benefits than other sports. Some athletes will enjoy the new system because of their good looks. But college programs will likely focus on football even more than before because of the revenue it can generate. This isn’t fair but money makes the world go around.

New York Times

Indeed, this isn’t ruining football but it’s against the spirit of the sport. These days, college athletics are all about milking profits and exploiting students. Now the athletes have a chance to take their revenge and bully schools instead. Football players are in the best position out of all of these sportspeople (via FOX 9)

Pro Football Network

Millionaire Motivation

It will be interesting to see if college players have the same motivation to make it to the NFL. Some of them may become millionaires before they even enter the Draft. That’s one of the reasons why the NIL program is a failure. It’s too much money at once and it’s against the spirit of the college game.

CBS Sports

Yes, universities and divisions indeed exploited athletes for a long time. But this is continuing because they’re still not paying the players a salary. However, some of them are earning more money now from endorsements than their coaches ever will. It’s a wild situation but perhaps not a healthy one (via Bleacher Report).

University of Wyoming Athletics

External Influence

Some boosters and sponsors may wield their influence over teams and force them to play undeserving players. Nobody wants to see this happen but the NIL program may cause it. After all, if a company is paying thousands of dollars to a quarterback, they want to know that he is starting.

Dallas Morning News

It won’t happen to every team but it wouldn’t be a surprise if schools instructed coaches to avoid dropping their biggest names. That’s an issue because it may affect their sporting integrity and restrict the opportunities of more deserving athletes. Nobody wants to be the backup QB in this situation (via Populous).

Oregon Live

Bad Advice

Some players will receive terrible advice from parents and boosters because of short-term financial gain. There’s a strong chance that athletes will reject proven programs because they’re chasing cash. For example, Southern California may offer richer rewards than the Georgia Bulldogs.

Troy University Athletics

But everybody knows which program is elite. It’s not unreasonable for a lesser athlete to choose the path with guaranteed money. But some stars may damage their NFL dreams because they didn’t join the best school for their needs. In sum, money makes people do stupid things (via SBNation).

ESPN

No Team Loyalty

We fantasize that our favorite college players love the team and feel a strong attachment to it. The reality is that they came to the best program available. But when they stay for a couple of seasons and create memories it doesn’t matter. Unfortunately, many fans won’t experience this because of the new NIL program.

ESPN

It’s having a serious impact on the transfer portal as college athletes switch schools like Leonardo DiCaprio changes girlfriends. We’ve seen college players spend six seasons with the same team but this may never happen again. Some schools may see the benefit of bringing in an older player to guide their younger stars (via TWSN).

Texas Monthly

Salary Dream Gone

Some people fear that the NIL program may hurt college football. They think that the NCAA will point to it as an excuse to defer the salary dream. Many people think that college athletes deserve a salary because the sport is so lucrative. They put their bodies on the line but the majority don’t reap the rewards.

Sports Illustrated

Yes, most of them receive scholarships but it’s not the same as a stable income. Meanwhile, executives and schools make millions off their backs. Some of them will receive endorsements because of the NIL program but these won’t be evenly distributed. It remains a two-tier system and it’s more divisive than ever (via Sportico).

Cleveland.com

Money Made

In 2022, Bryce Young allegedly made $3.2 million in NIL deals. Meanwhile, C.J. Stroud and Caleb Williams both made about $2.5 million. These players are at the top of the college football food chain but this is the beginning. There will likely be an explosion and some athletes will eventually earn more than five million dollars.

Fox News

This could have a profound effect on the NFL because some players may opt out of the draft. It may be a tiny minority but some of them may think that head trauma isn’t worthwhile. They will already be millionaires and may choose to focus on external business interests than risking concussions (via Action Network).

CBS Sports

Big Brand Athletes

Another issue with the NIL program is that it may change how teams scout athletes. The best teams pursue five-star recruits and analyze them based on their attributes. But marketability may become a key factor and influence teams. If somebody has thousands of Instagram followers and good looks a team may choose them.

Football – Mississippi State

We’ve already seen this in other college sports outside of football. Furthermore, this may have a profound effect on the draft because big-brand athletes may be more attractive. An NFL franchise may prefer a Texas running back with millions of fans over a similar Fresno player with a lower profile (via Front Office Sports).

Boise State Football

Small Schools Suffer

In truth, small schools have always struggled to compete against the biggest programs. Throughout the past decade, the likes of Baylor, TCU, and Boise State enjoyed moderate success. They combined clever recruitment with great coaching as they overachieved against the top teams (via Bleacher Report).

Myrtle Beach Sun News

Now there is another hurdle that they must overcome. It will be extremely difficult for them to lure the same talent to their rosters now. That’s because it will be challenging for them to make lucrative connections with sponsors who can pay young players. The imbalance is growing and it’s incredibly unfair.

ESPN

Big School Bias

The biggest issue with the NIL program is that bigger schools have all of the advantages. A glance at Texas A&M’s fortunes shows the impact that it had on their roster and results. They had several garbage years but suddenly turned it around after luring young high-school stars to their program.

AP News

Bigger schools will continue to attract the best players because they offer more financial opportunities. There has always been an imbalance but this is disproportionate. Nick Saban’s outrage is reasonable because the proof’s in the pudding. These teams are blowing their rivals out of the water because they’re attracting better sponsors (via CBS Sports).

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