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The Transfer Portal

Written by Posted On Friday, 30 July 2021 00:00

Will the NCAA Division l transfer portal be cataclysmic? Or is that we are in a new era/new thinking/new who knows?

Let’s define what is known about the idea of a transfer portal. When a student-athlete signs his/her letter of intent to attend a Division I school and then wants to change schools, he/she must register that intent on the “transfer portal” list. This is a site where not only can student-athletes inform other Division I schools of their intent but it also notifies school compliance officers and other athletic personnel of that student-athletes intention. At this writing, it does not apply to Division II schools, but it looks like that is on the horizon.

Further, the NCAA, particularly Division I have been under “fire” about its position for denial of NIL (Name, Image and/or Likeness) of student-athletes receiving financial remunerations. The Supreme Court has now stepped in to allow student-athletes (yes, they still carry that label) to get paid for the use of their NIL. It’s too early in that “game” to determine its abuse but it’s likely to happen.

In 2018, the NCAA Division I changed its policy on a student-athlete transferring from one Division I school to another Division I school and being able to compete immediately. Up to 2018, athletes transferring had to sit out a year. Or, in some cases, transfer to a community college for one year then go on to their newly chosen Division I school and were able to compete immediately. Now that one-year “wait” time has been eliminated except for football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and men’s ice hockey. Why the exception for those sports? It appears those five attract illegal recruiting more often. Stay tuned.

The concern here is that some sports agents, seeing the amount of money “on-the-table” find ways, legally or illegally, to maneuver around established rules to get their hands on athletes making good money. As an example of that maneuvering, one of those was the recent subject of “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” Some agents were attracting foreign baseball players (mostly from the Dominican Republic) offering them large sums of money right now but contracting with them for a lifetime guaranteed percentage of their upcoming multi-million-dollar contract. This is legal. But ethical?

While many agree that athletes deserve a “piece of the pie,” there need to be safeguards put in place!

Will you log-in on how to protect student-athletes from unprincipled agents’ illegal maneuvering?

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Dr. Jim Tunney

Jim Tunney had an exemplary career in sports. A former high school coach, teacher, principal and district superintendent, he had a 40-year career in officiating football and basketball.

Thirty-one of those years he was an NFL Referee working a record twenty-nine post-season games including four Super Bowls, ten NFC/AFC Championship games, six Pro Bowls and twenty-five Monday Night Games.

He officiated some of the most memorable games in NFL history. His book Impartial Judgment: “The Dean of NFL Referees” Calls Pro Football As He Sees It, chronicles his NFL career.

As a Professional Speaker, he is Past President of The National Speakers Association and a Charter Member of its most prestigious group – The CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame. Jim holds every professional designation of the NSA, including the Oscar of Professional Speaking – The Cavett. NSA named him Philanthropist of the Year in 2007.

Dr. Tunney (a doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California) continues to serve his community as  Trustee Emeritus of both Monterey Peninsula College and York School; where he once served as Headmaster. In 1993, he founded the Jim Tunney Youth Foundation to support local community programs that develop leadership, work skills, wellness and self-esteem in youth. He and his wife Linda live in Pebble Beach, California. They have six children and sixteen grandchildren.

As an author he has written and/or co-authored thirteen books: Impartial Judgment, Chicken Soup for the Sports Fan’s Soul, Speaking Secrets of the Masters, You Can Do It!, Super Bowl Sunday, Insights into Excellence, Lessons in Leadership, Build a Better You and his most recent book, It’s the Will, Not the Skill.

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