Jay Bilas mocks the NCAA's stance following vote on name, image, likeness benefits
Although the NCAA has voted to allow student-athletes to benefit off their name, image and likeness, there are still some who are skeptical about when, or how, that is going to happen.
One of those people is ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, who shared his opinion on the matter during an appearance on “Golic and Wingo” on Wednesday morning. Bilas thinks the language that was used in the NCAA’s announcement isn’t as clear as some people interpreted it to be.
“If you look at what they said and what they put forth, it’s, ‘We want to allow the opportunity to do this, but it’s got to fit within the collegiate model and these parameters and this, this and this,'” Bilas said on the show. “So then when they did all their interviews, they’re saying, ‘This is really complicated, we dont know how this is going to be done, it’s near impossible to do,’ all this stuff. So what they’re saying is, ‘We’re going to do this, but we’re really not going to do this.’ What they really said is, ‘We’re going to allow Wi-Fi, but only in Amish areas.”
Jay Bilas on the NCAA and player NIL rights. pic.twitter.com/t6eLU5lK88
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) October 30, 2019
Perhaps Bilas is right and the NCAA won’t make it particularly easy for student-athletes to receive these benefits. The Board of Governors stated in the announcement that they want new rules implemented by January 2021, so it could be a bit before we find out, too.
Either way, this is sure to continue to be a popular topic of discussion as things continue to develop.