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Agent Rich Paul wrote an op-ed piece in The Athletic on Monday, ripping the NCAA for its new rule requiring players to hire agents with a four-year degree in order to test NBA waters and maintain their eligibility.
Paul, who does not have a four-year degree, says the rule will prevent people like him—those from disadvantaged backgrounds and people of color—from taking an alternative path to representing players.
“Requiring a four-year degree accomplishes only one thing — systematically excluding those who come from a world where college is unrealistic,” Paul wrote. “Does anyone really believe a four-year degree is what separates an ethical person from a con artist?
“Let’s also be clear that once the NCAA requires a four-year degree for athletes ‘testing the waters,’ it’s only a matter of time until this idea is socialized, no longer questioned, and then more broadly applied. We all know how this works. Unfair policy is introduced incrementally so people accept it because it only affects a small group. Then the unfair policy quietly evo