NCAA Backtracks On Initial Bachelor Degree Requirement For Agents After Being Accused Of Discrimination

NCAA will amend their initial rule they recently released stating all agents must have a bachelor degree. However, the other guidelines will remain the same which includes undergoing a background check, have liability insurance, be a member of the National Basketball Players Association for a minimum of three years and take an exam in November.

Many feel the changes were made based on the large number of people who called them out for discrimination. The new rule seemed to target Lebron James agent Rich Paul who has become extremely successful and does not have a college degree.

On Monday the NCAA said they will now follow the lead of the National Basketball Players Association as fart as degrees are concerned.

“We are committed to providing student-athletes who are deciding whether to stay in school or explore NBA draft options with access to a wide array of resources to make their decision,” a statement read. “NCAA member schools developed the new agent certification process to accomplish that goal and reflect our higher education mission.”

“However, we have been made aware of several current agents who have appropriately represented former student-athletes in their professional quest and whom the National Basketball Players Association has granted waivers of its bachelor’s degree requirement,” it continued.

The organization also seemed to address paul personally saying: “While specific individuals were not considered when developing our process, we respect the NBPA’s determination of qualification and have amended our certification criteria,” read the statement.









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