NCAA Implements 'Rich Paul Rule' For Underclassmen Testing NBA Draft Waters

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LeBron James has dubbed the NCAA's new rule the "Rich Paul Rule", because of the bachelor's degree requirement. Student-athletes can test their potential position in the draft without losing their college eligibility, which is a change from the past when declaring for the draft prevented players from returning to school. The new criteria appear to be targeted at Paul, an National Basketball Association superagent, who does not have a degree. James bought some of his jerseys, and the two built a friendship and professional relationship. James' agent Rich Paul, who also represents Ben Simmons, Anthony Davis, Draymond Green and others, doesn't have a college diploma.

He's wrested control of his narrative through the influence of his own media outlets like his HBO show "The Shop", an effort that's been a collaborative push alongside Paul. He graduated from high school near Cleveland and befriended LeBron at an airport. He's not scared of the NCAA.

LeBron James criticized the NCAA for establishing a so-called "Rich Paul rule" Tuesday.

Hazan says he doesn't think the rule will last more than a year before the NCAA realizes its mistake.

"Did the NCAA specifically have Paul in mind when they set these new criteria?" It seems to directly target Paul. His clientele tend to have higher profiles than borderline National Basketball Association prospects.

The Athletic's Sam Vecenie later tweeted a copy of the NCAA memo detailing the new requirements, confirming Rothstein's original report.

In the memo, obtained by ESPN, the NCAA outlined new criteria for agents: a bachelor's degree, NBPA certification for at least three consecutive years, professional liability insurance and completion of an in-person exam taken at the NCAA office in Indianapolis in early November.

Now he's in direct violation of the NCAA's newest rule - if he tries to land a college basketball player as a client.

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