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I recently attended the annual NCAA rules seminar for updates on the changes taking place with NCAA rules and policies. The bottom line – there is still a lot of uncertainty on some topics. Here are a few important items that were presented:

The final terms of the settlement in the ‘House” lawsuit against the NCAA won’t be implemented until the 2025-26 academic year.

As with most class action lawsuits, individual parties will have the choice to object to the class settlement if they choose to do so. And the first such action occurred this past week when Houston Christian University filed a motion asking a judge to declare the settlement “void” as they claim that they weren’t represented in the negotiations.

Potential impacts on student-athletes

Division I team scholarship limits in each sport will probably be eliminated.

Instead, roster limits will likely be implemented for each sport. Therefore, the largest and most well-funded universities may be cutting roster spots, but possibly providing full scholarships to all of those still on the roster.

Eligibility rules will also be reviewed by NCAA Committees over the next 12-15 months.

This review will include academic, amateur and athletic eligibility rules (e.g., academic requirements to be eligible, amateur status rules, and a possible revision to the four seasons of competitive eligibility to reduce the need for so many waivers).

It appears that these settlements won’t impact Divisions II and III, at least not directly. But athletes being cut from Division I rosters may be transferring down to D2 or D3.

NCAA staff members also shared that they are continuing to work with Congress to advocate for legislation that student-athletes would not be able to be considered as employees of their universities.

While this wasn’t explicitly stated during the seminar, my sense is that the NCAA feels that the increased opportunities for more athletic compensation through NIL activities and the sharing of athletic department revenue counteract the arguments that student-athletes should be employees.

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