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Will Congress Bail Out NCAA On NIL?

Track All-Americans; Hill Named Softball Rookie of Year; Comings and Goings

MAY 31, 2023 | written by STEVE ULRICH

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1. Will Congress Bail Out NCAA On NIL?

by Michael McCann, Sportico

“In what’s become an annual ritual, members of Congress are proposing new legislation that would alter the NIL marketplace, adjust how antitrust law governs the NCAA and grant or prohibit employment status to college athletes.

As before, the odds that Congress passes anything are slim—especially as state laws, labor law litigation, NLRB action and basic economics reconstitute the relationship between college athletes and their schools.

Conversations with members of the House and Senate and their staff in recent weeks indicate several bills will be introduced soon. The bills vary widely, with some seen as NCAA-friendly and others NCAA-hostile.”

» Backgrounder: “Under the leadership of new president Charlie Baker, the NCAA, as well as conferences and some schools, have aggressively lobbied Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill. Their wish list includes a declaration that college athletes cannot be classified as employees, a prohibition on revenue sharing with athletes, immunity for amateurism rules from antitrust scrutiny, preemption of state NIL laws, a legal obligation that NIL deals be disclosed to schools, a requirement that athletes use a standard NIL contract and assorted restrictions on collectives and agents.”

» Reality Check: “The NCAA is a private and voluntary membership organization that, like other organizations of its kind, can craft rules for members. If the NCAA and its members can’t agree on new rules, members of Congress will question why it would be appropriate for Congress to offer those same rules as proposed federal law.”

» The Bottom Line: “The NCAA is no longer in control of college athlete compensation. It will soon discover Congress isn’t in control, either.”


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2. All-Americans

All-America honors for the 2023 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field season were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Athletes of member institutions who finished in the top-8 of their respective individual events and as part of a relay team at the 2023 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships took home honors.

» Men’s All-Americans: Rowan 15, UW-La Crosse 14, John Carroll 13.
» Women’s All-Americans: UW-La Crosse 21, Washington U. 17, Loras 14.

3. Trine’s Hill Named Freshman Of Year

Debbie Hill, Trine

Trine University’s Debbie Hill has been named the 2023 TUCCI/NFCA Division III Freshman of the Year, the Association announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Hill, a first-team NFCA All-Region selection at the Utility/Pitcher spot in Region VII, has had a stellar freshman season for the Thunder (40-4).

For the season, Hill is 11-3 in 19 pitching appearances, with a save, three complete games, 54 hits, 13 earned runs, 12 walks, 105 strikeouts and an 1.08 ERA over 84 innings. Meanwhile, she is hitting .447 with 55 hits, 17 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 50 RBI, 34 walks, a .935 slugging percentage and a .566 on-base average.


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4. Lightning Round ⚡️

⚽️ Soccer. U.S. Soccer Sporting Director Matt Crocker announced that B.J. Callaghan will serve as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team for the upcoming Concacaf Nations League and Gold Cup tournaments. Callaghan, a 2003 graduate of Ursinus College, has served as assistant coach of the USMNT for the last four years.

🏌️‍♂️ Golf. Christopher Newport’s Alex Price is the recipient of the Jack Nicklaus Award as the Division III Men’s Golf Player of the Year.

🗞 News. Graduates of the University of Massachusetts at Boston received a welcome surprise from their commencement speaker: $1,000 cash each. Rob Hale, co-owner of the Boston Celtics and CEO of Granite Telecommunications, based in nearby Quincy, Mass., asked the students to keep $500 for themselves and give the other half to someone else.

🏒 Hockey. St. Norbert graduate Spencer Carbery ‘06 was named head coach of the Washington Capitals.

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