Nick Saban In Favor of NIL, But Questions How It Will Be Managed

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Alabama football coach Nick Saban says he is all for the new name, image and likeness rule for college athletes. But like most everyone, he has some questions.

“I’m always going to be for the players,” Saban said, via MSN. “My biggest concern is how do we manage it? How do we police it? How to make it fair to everybody? It should be fair for everybody.”

That seems to be what the NCAA and lawmakers have yet to figure out. Some college athletes will undoubtedly profit more off their names than others. For instance, if you are the quarterback of the Crimson Tide, under the new law, you are likely in line for some decent dough.

But the NIL law has already been put into effect in many states, including Alabama, with college athletes now officially eligible for financial compensation for use of their brand — or more specifically, their name, image and likeness.

“I wish this was in place when I was playing at Auburn. I think NIL is college sports meeting the times,” former Auburn defensive lineman Nosa Eguae said. “In the 90s, we started signing billion dollar TV deals and we have incredible athletes creating the content and the entertainment.”

Saban, for one, is on board. The rest is up to the athletes themselves.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,

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