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Report: NCAA Moving Closer to Schools Directly Paying Players

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NCAA college football is officially on the brink of the most significant change in its history.

The Big 12, Big Ten and the ACC have already voted to settle House vs. NCAA and anti-trust-related cases this week, and the NCAA Board of Governors followed suit Wednesday, which leaves just the SEC and Pac-12 to settle.

The NCAA settlement now paves the way for major revenue changes. It’s almost a formality at this point that the college football landscape will move away from amateurism, with the SEC and Pac-12 set to vote on Thursday.

In broader terms, it paves the way for direct student-athlete compensation in college football.

According to a report by Pete Thamel of ESPN, the settlement would establish a framework for schools to share millions of dollars in revenue with their student-athletes and create a fund of nearly $3 billion to pay former student-athletes who were previously ineligible for NIL deals.

Thamel further reported that it’s expected that the NCAA is expected to pass the settlement measure.

Perhaps the biggest point of the settlement is revenue sharing that would allow schools to directly pay their student-athletes, which would be unprecedented in collegiate athletics. $20 million in permissible revenue sharing is expected to be available in the 2025 season.

“There’s no clarity on Title IX’s role in revenue sharing, how roster caps will work and what enforcement of NIL will look like,” Thamel wrote. “(NIL is expected to continue to exist in addition to the revenue sharing.)

“Sources have indicated it will be at least six months until these details are worked out, likely longer. There also are expected to be several other steps before Senior District Judge Claudia Wilken can approve the settlement. All Division I athletes have the opportunity to object to the terms or opt out of the class.”

It’s an unprecedented time in college athletics, but that’s been the case for quite some time now. It seems that it’s only a matter of time before college football players will be able to receive direct compensation from their school.

This story initially appeared on our partner Pittsburgh Sports Now.

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