The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has amended its new rule that prohibited mega agents like Rich Paul from signing star athletes to exclusive management contracts. According to CBS, the "NCAA has amended its controversial agent certification requirements. A bachelor's degree is no longer required to represent players, as long as the agent is certified by the NBPA."

When the NCAA announced its new rule, dubbed the "Rich Paul Rule", critics like LeBron James accused the league of being racist.

LeBron (pictured) called the new rule "racist" and discriminatory against his close friend. He said the NCAA enacted the new rule to block anyone who didn't have a college degree from becoming the next Rich Paul.

The rule prohibited college dropouts - such as Rich Paul - from signing college athletes to his sports agency. Under the rule Paul couldn't approach or even speak to a NCAA athlete who is heading to the NBA or NFL.

Now agents who don't have a bachelor's degree can continue to sign athletes, but they must pass a rigorous exam in the NCAA headquarters.

The super agent is pictured right with his No. 1 client and Savannah James.

Paul, 37, got his start working at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) under Leon Rose, who negotiated LeBron's contract extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2006.

When Paul left CAA in 2012 to start his own agency, Klutch Sports Group, he took LeBron with him. His list of clients include Eric Bledsoe, John Wall and Ben Simmons.

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  • JENNYJONES1

    IF I'M LEAVING COLLEGE ANY HOW AND THE PROFESSIONAL LEAGUES HAVE ALREADY SPARKLED INTEREST IN ME THEN IMA SIGH WITH WHOMEVER I WANT BC/ WHAT CAN THE NCAA DO AFTER I LEAVE?..........JENNY JONES!!!!

  • KarmaBackAround

    If a person has done the work to get where he is and is qualified he should absolutely be able to be a agent without a degree.. so often folks find ways to hold our people back from being bigger than them! Sooo many white execs arent college educated but are Billionaires n the sports industry and thats why it was deemed racist! Alot can happen when we speak up!

  • Fire & Ice

    Most of us saw this for what it is. YT always trying to pull some sh*t.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    It's a lot of millionaires and billionaires that don't have college degrees, and lots of people with a bachelor's degree that can't pay off their student loans or find a job, so the whole thing about having a college degree is not always the answer. Plus, everyone is not college material. College isn't for everyone. I'm glad they adjusted it.

  • JENNYJONES1

    99.9% OF THE ATHLETES ARE BLACK ESP IN BASKETBALL, TRACK & FIELD AND FOOTBALL SO I DAMN WELL BET THEY CHANGED UP THE RULES B/C WHITE AGENTS FIGURED OUT IT'S BETTER TO GET SOME THEN NONE AND THIS RULE CAUSED UPROAR WHICH MIGHT MAKE ALL THE BLACK ATHLETES ONLY SIGN WITH BLACK AGENCIES. I KNOW SO MANY BLACK GUYS THAT WORK FOR WHITE AGENTS PRETTY MUCH AS THEIR GOPHERS AND FLUNKIES TO HANG OUT WITH THE YOUNG BLACK ATHLETES AND GET THEM TO SIGN SO THE WHITE GUY GETS THE BIG BUCKS AND THE BLACK GOPHERS AND FLUNKIES GET PEANUTS. SMH!!!!.........JENNY JONES!!!

  • Coy little wink

    How could they restrict who you can sign with? That's a basic premise of contract law...you turn 18 you can contract with any one of majority age...

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    White man arrested for 'spitting in his black girlfriend's face because she wanted to try 'slavery role play' in the bedroom and he didn't' ........................... I’M DONE FOR THE DAY

  • wigmon68

    dumb. The ncaa has no control over NBA regulations. According to the most recent NBA Players Association rules, an agent needs to have a 4 year degree to be an agent. James' buddy was grandfathered in because he was already an agent when the NBAPA updated their regulations.

    And this NCAA rule whether implemented or not was not going to impact anyone. The requirement was only for student athletes who kept open the option of returning to college. James' buddy has never once attempted to represent a marginal NBA player such as that.

    https://cosmic-s3.imgix.net/e3bb4d60-7b1a-11e9-9bf5-8bad98088629-NBPAAgentRegulations.pdf

    Page 19 - "To apply for certification as a Player Agent, an individual must complete the Application for Certification as an NBPA Player Agent (“Application”) and pay the nonrefundable application fee. The Application must be submitted in accordance with
    the instructions provided on the NBPA website. The mere filing of the Application does not constitute certification of a Player Agent.
    To be eligible for certification, the applicant must have received a degree from an accredited four year college or university, provided that the NBPA, in its unreviewable
    discretion, may accept relevant negotiating experience to substitute for any year(s) of formal education.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Chile... I was JUST about to post that!

    White man arrested for 'spitting in his black girlfriend's face because she wanted to try 'slavery role play' in the bedroom and he didn't

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7352341/White-man-arrested-spitting-black-girlfriends-face-slavery-role-play-dispute.html

  • MoneyMillz1914

    Damn, just read the article. SMH.

  • MoneyMillz1914

    SMH

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    LeBron wife is pretty but she looks old with that hairstyle.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Sandra... I think we need a post on this!

    Boy fatally shot one day before starting second grade, is 11th child in St. Louis area killed in shooting in last two months

    https://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ny-boy-killed-st-louis-one-day-before-school-20190813-tocd6utqufeibcsoqney5og5xi-story.html

  • Applebootay

    US for the W!

  • MoneyMillz1914

    Super facts

  • KcoolMuziq

    JAY-Z(Whom was the last person to do business with Prince on his TIDAL deal)has joined forces with N.F.L. for muziq & social justice campaign.

    The N.F.L. which has been criticized over it's treatment of Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the National Anthem today made a major stride toward image rehabilitation. By signing a deal with JAY-Z's Roc Nation a entertainment & sports company.

    Rich Paul looks like he's still in High School.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    It’s an old picture

  • Nita Pie

    They knew it wasnt right n the first place. Youtube popping today. Hey everybody !!!

  • Renee26

    Idk about the rule being racist. They have to set some kind of limits so not just anybody can just label themselves an agent without having the right know how. The test will suffice

  • Bree

    This whole rule situation is racist but what else is NEW!?

    Love the way Savannah's head is tilted toward LeBron and his to hers. Cute!

  • Renee26

    Wth

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Gone to look for the article.....

  • iWasteTime

    That man made 52 million dollar charging his clients the absolute minimum.
    His roster is bananas off of life experience and fighting for his clients.
    He's been a manager FOR YEARS and then a rule is made ... smh
    NCAA already exploits these children for Billions of dollars and now want to control them after the fact ... NO.

  • Ryan

    What the--

    I just read the article about the Wendy's manager saying his employees suck cause the only people available to work in small town Massachusetts are junkies. Which is true cause meth and heroin have those YTs walking in the streets like zombies but he didn't have to SAY it, lol

  • StoneColdLady

    I read the article and although disgusting, I don’t think he should’ve been arrested ..SHE on the other hand is out of her rabbit a mind! If he did spit on her that’s what she gets REAL slaves endured more.

  • Ryan

    Bill Gates, James Cameron and Tiger Woods didn't graduate college either. Looks like they'll have to find another b.s. "grandfather clause" (which for those who don't know was a way to prevent black people from voting - only people who'd had grandfathers who voted in previous elections could vote, and obviously back then none of those men were black. But they tried to say the same thing, that it wasn't racist. Same ol' trick, different time period.)

  • Banka

    Indeed, Agreed 100 %.....

  • CookieMobster

    This is not racist... Stupid but not racist.

  • gellie

    They love to talk about bootstraps until they see it in action. Then it's a problem. Then they commence to moving the goalposts. Because God forbid if you're better than them at their own shit. The game was always set to where they get the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd slice of the pie off the top. THEN they'll dole out whatever's left and you can be as bootstrappy as you want.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I agree!

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Chile...

  • CookieMobster

    What the antebellum hell is this you say??? If anythang she shoulda been arrested for stewpidity.... Kanky nasty stewpidity

  • Guest

    I read the title on DM. smfh. He should have done it. Stupid heifer.

  • Facts and Receipts

    I think it's messed up that they will take
    NBA players without a college degree but this man without a college degree is being blocked in this manner. LeBron himself doesn't have a college degree. Kobe Bryant doesn't have a college degree. So I'm trying to figure out what is their point with this?

  • KarmaBackAround

    ??? exactly!!!!! Wheeeew u broke that down!!!

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Right! When I read that article baaaaby I hollered! He said y’all got me managing crackheads meth head junkies hookers and hos and think the service suppose to be top notch like chick fil a ?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Wtf wrong wit ppl? And she look slow af !

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Tis all I could say wth

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Spitting on a person ranks on the same level as peeing on them!

  • EMILY POST

    It’s all BS and they know it. Why is the NCAA worried about representation like they own college athletes. Do they care about the athlete or is the interest the earning potential... All the student is doing is playing for your school all this other crap is exactly that just crap do they allow the student to finish if it doesn’t work out?? What other profession does colleges take this much interest in and It has zero to do with education???????
    Do they have this much interest in the volleyball and wrestling team like they do the Basketball and football players. Colleges along with the NCAA always seemed pretty shady When a light is shined on them about the college athlete situation and how manipulative they can be in order to control the flow of $$ .

  • r r

    It's systemic, which means it racist. Some white people might just get hit simply because they were on the tracks when the train was coming but trust and believe this is strategy.

  • r r

    Talk about it brother

  • r r

    Whewwwe man hahahahahahaha where is this article

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Daily mail but if you look at the replies to my comment someone posted the link to the article

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    Sure does! But since she wanted to be degraded and treated like a Slave then why was she mad he spit on her? Mental illness is real

  • J2PC

    The good new is that Rich Paul now has a viable opportunity to become a certified NCAA Sport Agent, as long as he applies himself in studying the prep books along with hiring a college educated tutor to prepare him for taking the exam.

    No excuses after this change unless he is illiterate with dyslexia and just don't want to push himself. Otherwise, he could spend the next 2yrs listening to the audio tapes or readings, the tutors & using visuals (videos) as much as possible. Then, take (and retake, if needed) the exam.

    Once he pass the exam, he should be in full control as agent in no time.

  • J2PC

    Look at the number of Billionaires who are college dropouts. No one is stopping them from being an entrepreneur.

    However, it is not much to ask him to study the books or hire a tutor to pass the NCAA exam to become a Certified Agent. He could spend the next 2yrs studying and preparing for the exam. Where there is a will, there is a way.

  • Carrington

    Good!

  • Rita

    Anything to keep us down..

  • Rita

    Anything to keep us down..

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    RIP to that baby. We already discussed gun violence in Democratic strongholds. 14 people were shot, 4 killed just in Baltimore last weekend.

  • Ryan

    ??

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Yeah I know but I was Very surprised that so many children were killed in that city in 2 months.. Sad either way?

  • Chicagowise

    50 people were shot this weekend in Chicago. 3 died.

  • Chicagowise

    Sandra, have you heard about Curtis Watson and Debra Johnson? Some media outlets aren't even mentioning Debra's name or what Curtis did to her.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    They always moving the goalposts. Scary, greedy mf’ers.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Yes, I saw that yesterday. Very sad.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    That's a normal weekend for Chicago.

  • Rhondalousey

    Oh well. I dont care for cooons. Thats what he gets.

  • Diva_woman

    Preach!!!

  • lovelygamour

    I don't think its racist. sports has a system. college is suppose to mold them for the big leagues. so having labron who made such a production of skipping college the face - has to be ticking the universities off. they don't want a lot of players skipping college.

  • Look@m3

    THey trying to ensure they are able to make money off of athletes before they even make it to the NBA. That way, their parents can not manage them and never know if they are a draft pick for NFL NBA etc. Its systematic. THey know what they are doing.

  • Look@m3

    Thank you....I don't understand how Steve Wonder can see that its systematic racism.

  • EMILY POST

    It’s nothing wrong with tightening up but this is to prevent dads uncle and black people from keeping the $$ in house. The person who really stood up about this issue was Fox sports Commentator Chris Broussard. I will post the link.
    Blacks really need to come together about the seriousness of athletics period.

  • Latifah_theHealer

    There's a rule that prohibits that...all players must do at least 1 year of college or play overseas and forfeit eligibility in college for 1 year before declaring for the NBA.