Stephen A. Smith sounds off on changes to NCAA rulings | First Take | ESPN

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  • Published on:  Thursday, August 9, 2018
  • Stephen A. Smith says he’s disappointed in the new changes the NCAA made because they don’t help support the players and don’t address major flaws still plaguing the league. ✔ Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube:✔ Subscribe to ESPN FC on YouTube:✔ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube:✔ Watch ESPN on YouTube TV: on Social Media:► Follow on Twitter:► Like on Facebook:► Follow on Instagram: ESPN on YouTube to get up-to-the-minute sports news coverage, scores, highlights and commentary for NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, College Football, NCAA Basketball, soccer and more. More on


  • LDG
    LDG  a years ago +30

    Just go to the JBA 😂

  • Mr Smarty Pants
    Mr Smarty Pants  a years ago +8

    I don't understand how someone can tell me what I can do with my own name and talent..
    But they can make money off me..
    That is slavery.. period

  • Brian Suarez
    Brian Suarez  a years ago +5


  • Rok Baller
    Rok Baller  a years ago +26

    NCAA continues to take "small baby steps". Let the players benefit off their name and give them some spending money... thats all we ask.

  • AyeitsRodney
    AyeitsRodney  a years ago +20

    Tbh all they need to do is let the players make money off their name if the NCAA don’t pay them themselves

  • Mike Jones
    Mike Jones  a years ago +48

    People are angry because young black kids will finally be getting paid for their hardwork, no more slavery.. This is a step towards the right direction..

  • Rashard Stallworth
    Rashard Stallworth  a years ago +7

    Why doesn't baseball have the same rules because players are drafted in high school and in college to play professional baseball but they may decide they don't want to play for that team they're not being offered enough money or they just want to stay in college and they're able to stay in college. Why is that? Any logical person knows the answer

  • manlawlol
    manlawlol  a years ago +6

    Last 7 seconds. We got a bright one here

  • JB
    JB  a years ago +34

    I don’t get the whole amateur thing. I wouldn’t consider college athletes amateurs or professionals. I could go and become amateur boxer or mma fighter if I wanted to but not basketball player because the school might not want me. To me amateurs would be highschool and below.

  • jason jones
    jason jones  a years ago +3

    If this was Russia or a Muslim country. The news would be eating this up. Ppl would of been raising hell and saying they are violating human rights.🤔

  • Wes Daniels
    Wes Daniels  a years ago +2

    Anybody that dislikes this is obviously a conservative and doesn’t know that college kids struggle financially

  • Andrew P
    Andrew P  a years ago +1

    I didn't know you had to play in the NCAA to become a professional NBA/NFL player?

  • justaction
    justaction  a years ago +2

    Molly looking right in that yellow dress.

  • M.H. L.
    M.H. L.  a years ago

    The NBA should make rookie deal money proportionate to years of college ball played. Just like any other job, you get paid more for having more experience.

  • dre lucious
    dre lucious  a years ago +1

    How much $$$ is the ppl making these decisions make????🤔🤔 if they do nt have to why would they share.

  • alex gut
    alex gut  a years ago +9

    Just pay the players!

  • Kavin Karunathilaka
    Kavin Karunathilaka  a years ago +75

    NCAA and the NFL are modern day slavery

  • Tony Ceasar
    Tony Ceasar  a years ago

    Second 🙌🏿

  • bob tony
    bob tony  9 months ago +1

    problem is, if you offer the players money, some programs would be forever shit, there is already certain programs that dominate others, it would be even worse with the money involved......isn't this what the NBA-G league is suppose to solve?
    not to mention, then there would be even more discrepancy on what these "institutions of higher learning" are actually spending on sports vs, than you know, actually educating people

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