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Barring Complete Idiocy, NIL Restrictions Will End Wednesday

Brave new world. Now for the unintended consequences

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Paolo Banchero is one of many NCAA athletes about to make a lot of money
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Unless something goes terribly awry between now and Wednesday, the NCAA is going to suspend restrictions on NIL for college athletes.

That’s the upshot of this story: the NCAA Council recommends that the restrictions on NIL be waived and a vote is scheduled for Wednesday.

If you don’t have a calendar handy, that’s the last day of June.

In other words, the day before several state laws allowing NIL go into effect, the NCAA will kill its restrictions or rather waive them nationally until better rules can (it hopes) be established.

So for guys like Paolo Banchero, he can start shopping for a Mercedes if he’d like because he can easily afford it.

That’s less the case for Duru Tasman, the center on Elon’s women’s basketball team, but at least the principle is there: she, like everyone else, will control her name, image and likeness.

Next question: if Duke sells a #1 jersey, which Trevor Keels will wear this season, how will that work? And would Zion Williamson, Kyrie Irving and Jabari Parker be entitled to a cut?

Lots of things to work out, clearly, but at least we’ve come this far. Now for the surprises, like when these guys realize how much of their new-found windfall will go to taxes.