Aces AD reacts to new NCAA rule

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – (WEHT) The NCAA announced today changes to college athletes receiving pay, saying it will now allow student athletes to profit from their names, likeness, and images.

The rule change states that it will have to be in a manner consistent with the collegiate model. Evansville Athletic Director Mark Spencer tells Eyewitness News the rule is good but will take some time to decipher the limitations and benefits to ensure it is used correctly.

“We’re happy for the student athletes. This is something that’s been a long time coming. Really, it’s something that we’ve been talking about for years in the NCAA. It’s just still trying to get our arms around it. It’s great that the board of governors finally took action. I think that this was something that’s important for us to have said, ‘Okay, this is the directive that we’re going.’ It’s where we were already leading. It’s just we still have to get our arms around it to be able to put up the guardrails to really get it to where you don’t get these kids in trouble, or to give anybody an undue advantage and that it just really doesn’t take away from college athletics,” said Mark Spencer, AD for the Aces.

The NCAA says they hope to have the rule implemented by January 2021.

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(This story was originally published on October 29, 2019)

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