The NCAA has announced a change to the agent requirements dubbed the “Rich Paul Rule” by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
Previously, the NCAA had announced that any agent wishing to work with a student-athlete during the NBA Draft process needed to have a bachelor’s degree. This did not sit well with many, including Rich Paul, the NBA super-agent who did not graduate college.
The NCAA was harshly criticized for this requirement, as LeBron called them out on social media. Paul, a close friend of LeBron and an agent to him and several other NBA stars, published an op-ed for The Athletic today.
The criticism worked, apparently.
Now, agents need to either have a bachelor’s degree or be certified and in good standing with the NBPA.
NCAA amends agent certification requirements: https://t.co/8Qa2DR63qs
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) August 12, 2019
From the NCAA:
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. 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. While specific individuals were not considered when developing our process, we respect the NBPA’s determination of qualification and have amended our certification criteria.
The NCAA doesn’t often get things right, but at least they were able to correct this.