BANGOR – For years, many said the day college athletes get paid for their image and likeness is the day pigs will fly.
One is going to happen very soon……
“For a number of students, they can utilize their athletics notoriety to get their post athletics life started and I’m excited about that,” University of Maine Director of Athletics, Ken Ralph, said.
Wednesday, the NCAA announced it supports a proposal to allow college athletes to earn money from their names, images and likeness.
For example, if you have a popular YouTube account, make music or want to hire an agent and sign endorsement deals. It will all be allowed.
Rules are expected to be written by late October with a vote taking place no later than late Jan. 2021. Players would be compensated starting in 2021-2022.
“Glad we’re making the right steps I hope we put the right types of supports in place so the students can get the most out of this but I don’t know how you stop the abuses,” Ralph said.
Abuse of power. It’s the side dish that comes with every meal the NCAA hands out. It’s why Ralph is concerned with the number of problems the new ruling presents.
“Will students be required to disclose their income and will that have to be posted somewhere if they’re part of public schools. What happens to international students who are here on international student visas and might not be here on work visas are they eligible to receive name image and likeness benefits and opportunities,” he added.
The concerns don’t stop there for Ralph. There’s little debate among people involved in college athletics, the NCAA is a big money machine and athletes deserve to be compensated.
Ralph wants to make sure that can happen, while keeping integrity and core values intact.
“Are these one-and-dones in college who leverage their exposure and the brand built from these college basketball programs who barely attended a class and now leverage into multi-million dollar contracts and shoe deals?” Ralph said.
“I think there’s a lot of these things that need to be flushed out about who’s really benefiting here. We need to remain about education how do we best serve the student,” he added.