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Report: NCAA Nearing Direct Student-Athlete Compensation



A Pitt football lays on the turf on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Mitchell Northam / Pittsburgh Sports Now.) College Football / Signing Period. NCAA.

NCAA college football is officially on the brink of the most significant change in its history.

The Big 12, Big Ten and the ACC have already voted to settle House vs. NCAA and anti-trust-related cases this week, and the NCAA Board of Governors followed suit Wednesday, which leaves just the SEC and Pac-12 to settle.

The NCAA settlement now paves the way for major revenue changes. It’s almost a formality at this point that the college football landscape will move away from amateurism, with the SEC and Pac-12 set to vote on Thursday.

In broader terms, it paves the way for direct student-athlete compensation in college football.

According to a report by Pete Thamel of ESPN, the settlement would establish a framework for schools to share millions of dollars in revenue with their student-athletes and create a fund of nearly $3 billion to pay former student-athletes who were previously ineligible for NIL deals.

Thamel further reported that it’s expected that the NCAA is expected to pass the settlement measure.

Perhaps the biggest point of the settlement is revenue sharing that would allow schools to directly pay their student-athletes, which would be unprecedented in collegiate athletics. $20 million in permissible revenue sharing is expected to be available in the 2025 season.

“There’s no clarity on Title IX’s role in revenue sharing, how roster caps will work and what enforcement of NIL will look like,” Thamel wrote. “(NIL is expected to continue to exist in addition to the revenue sharing.)

“Sources have indicated it will be at least six months until these details are worked out, likely longer. There also are expected to be several other steps before Senior District Judge Claudia Wilken can approve the settlement. All Division I athletes have the opportunity to object to the terms or opt out of the class.”

It’s an unprecedented time in college athletics, but that’s been the case for quite some time now. It seems that it’s only a matter of time before college football players will be able to receive direct compensation from their school.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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29 days ago

Yeah, I wonder about the Title IX implications of this, as well. Based on how the scholarship issue has been handled, you could have backup women’s lacrosse midfielders suing to get five or six figure cuts of the tens of millions of annual football revenues at Big Ten or SEC schools, as amusing as that sounds.

29 days ago
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They don’t care. They’ll happily eat money as they have for a long time. When football makes billions they’ll eat money everyday of the week on the money dumpster fire women collegiate sports is. Look at the wnba it’s a joke it’s never turned a profit in its existence and if it wasn’t owned by the nba it would’ve folded a long long time ago. The only women’s sport professional that makes equal money to men is tennis and that’s the only exception. I actually find women’s tennis more entertaining but other than that me and everyone else doesn’t find… Read more »

29 days ago

This may be incentive for more men to play women’s collegiate sports in order to get paid. Sorry real ladies!

29 days ago

Can I get compensated for when I played college basketball back in 1996-97?

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