“The Best Competitive Balance You Can Have Is Like In The NFL” | Nick Saban And Deion Sanders Get Together To Discuss The New Way Of College Sports, The NIL

BIG DRIP /  Sports   /   Aug 29th, 2022   /   0 COMMENTS

One month ago last year college sports as we once new it changed for good. As of July 30, 2021 student-athletes became eligible to capitalize off of the NIL, which is earning money off of their name, image and likeness. Since that fateful day it’s been a lot of chatter, backbiting and downright hate going on across the big time college athletics. Two power brokers in the sport, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders are at the forefront of the new era of college athletics, and after some choppy moments a few months ago the two seem to have buried the hatchet. 


On Wednesday they got together with ESPN’s SportsCenter with Sage Steele to discuss the challenges and advantages that the NIL rules present. The 2022 college football season is slated to begin on Saturday, in what is known as “Week Zero.”


Saban A Proponent Of NIL: Wants Rules Instituted


Nick Saban who’s a proponent of the NIL, but wants some hard rules and guidelines  levied down in Congress, spoke candidly about his concerns. 


“I think a couple of things are of concern. We allow alumni collectives to get involved in recruiting and other things, that’s always something we’ve guarded absent in college football. I think what kind of competitive balance are we able to create if we allow that to happen, which is not going to be great for fans.”


Saban continued ….


“The best competitive balance you can have is like in the NFL. They have rules to create competitive balance. Whether it’s salary cap, difficulty of schedule, where you draft, where you pick relative to win-loss record. Those things are important I think in the interest of creating a lot of good matchups on a national basis.”


“We don’t have rules in place to protect the players from people who are trying to get between them and the money.”


Saban, speaking on alumni collectives helping to recruit student-athletes is something he blasted Texas AM Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher for in a rant back in May. Saban said Fisher and the Aggies bought their record recruiting which featured, a recruiting cycle record eight five-star athletes. Fisher bucked back saying their relationship was over, and he called Saban a narcissist. 


Saban also called out Deion Sanders and Jackson State for what he called using the NIL to land the nation’s No.1 ranked player in Travis Hunter. Sanders, debunked the notion and immediately demanded an apology from someone he looks upto in the coaching profession, which he immediately got

Coach Prime Speaks His Peace On NIL:


Sanders has been outspoken about not being of a fan of the NIL. In a May video he talked about the NCAA having a problem. He said “When you start paying athletes like they’re professionals, you got athletes acting like they’re professionals.”


During Wednesday’s interview Sanders touched on how Alabama a power-five program is on a total different playing than his FCS program at Jackson State. Point blank Sanders reiterated that there’s no comparison, with all due respect. 


First of all we can’t compete. We don’t have collectives. We don’t have anything like that. We’re trying to rally up boosters, and you talk about collectives? I don’t even know the definition of collective.”


Sanders continued ….


“And it’s name, image and likeness. I’m happy that these kids are getting compensated, but when you talk about name, image and likeness — I haven’t seen anybody on anything. We keep talking about these kids making millions of dollars — what are they on? Where is there name, image and likeness? Or is it just collectives paying these kids to participate in this or that college?”


Valid points from Sanders who’s speaking facts, and the gist of what he’s saying is the collectives need some guidelines. Why? Because it seems as if they’re doing a “pay for play,” type thing and it’s something that needs to be contained. As for HBCUs they need help period, as Coach Prime said he’s never heard of collectives and doesn’t even know what it means. 




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