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NCAA amends agent certification requirements, fixes the “Rich Paul Rule”

Last week, the NCAA released a memo to agent that outlined new requirements to represent players who enter the NBA Draft pool. Most of it was fairly straightforward; however, one specific requirement set off a great deal of backlash.

  • NBPA certification for at least three consecutive years,
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Completion of an in-person exam taken in early November at the NCAA office in Indianapolis
  • Pay the required fee
  • A bachelor’s degree

It was the final requirement, the bachelor’s degree, that sparked much of the outrage. The appearance was that of a not-so-subtle way to exclude super-agent Rich Paul, founder and CEO of Klutch Sports.

Well, mere hours after Paul published an op-ed in The Athletic decrying the requirement, the NCAA backtracked.

As these things tend to go in the basketball universe, when LeBron James, who is represented by Paul, and Paul, the king maker, speak out, stuff can happen quickly.