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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


By Marc Lawrence, — Following up on yesterday’s take on the success of thise year’s Final Four teams, Coffee Club Newsletter regular Stormin’ Norman dropped us this note: – NIL, as in Nothing Is Left in the cupboard. NIL was originally meant to allow players to be compensated for exactly that — their

Name, Image, and Likeness.

But it immediately morphed into something else — collectives being set up by alumni of colleges to pay players.

Therefore, NIL follows the rest of the college landscape, players transferring to schools with big-time programs with more money available to them. Temple, once the home of one of the greatest and proudest college basketball programs Philly had to offer now finds six of its players stretched down Broad Street waiting in the NIL portal line worth six-figure NILs that were collectively “paid” $5,000 each last season by their alumni.

Where are you Bill Cosby when we need you? Oh forgot, the University de-alumnied you.

Editor’s note: Mark it down. NIL deals have become a curse and will be the ultimate downfall of college athletics. Imagine how the car dealer in Ohio feels after “perking” Georgia football player Jalen Davis a Jeep Trackhawk which police ruled was “operating in a manner consistent with racing” leading up to a deadly crash

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