Paid-to-play: The Tipline for 1 July 2021

All National Collegiate Athletic Association athletes can now be paid for the use of their name, image and likeness. Just hours before more than a dozen states made it illegal for the NCAA to enforce its prohibition on such compensation, the association went ahead and suspended the rule itself as it continues to wait on Congress for a permanent solution. The rule change is too late to assist former college basketball star Ed O’Bannon, but the former lead plaintiff in the antitrust case that bears his name still revelled at the moment. “I’m just happy for all the athletes moving forward,” O’Bannon tweeted. “It’s a beautiful thing.”

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