Alabama football players have made more than $3 million in name, likeness and likeness deals in the past year, coach Nick Saban said Tuesday. Speaking on day two of the SEC media days in Atlanta, Saban reiterated that he has no problem with players making money from NIL marketing deals.
“Name, image and likeness are not an issue for us in Alabama,” Saban said. “And our players, I think, did better than anyone in the country last year.”
Ahead of the 2021 season, Saban told a group of Texas high school coaches that Bryce Young, before starting a game for the Crimson Tide, had nearly $1 million in NIL marketing deals.
Saban raised concerns about how NIL is monitored and regulated, pointing to issues of competitive balance, transparency and player protection with “more and more people trying to come between the player and the player.” ‘silver”.
“The biggest concern is how this impacts and affects recruitment because on the recruitment track right now a lot of people are using this as incentives to go to their schools by making promises that they may or may not be able to hold up in terms of players do,” Saban said.
Saban publicly apologized to Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher in May after a feud escalated over his comments that the Aggies “bought every player on the team.” On Tuesday, Saban spoke more broadly about NIL and focused on issues of competitive balance, while acknowledging that such concerns do not apply specifically to Alabama.
“We’re one of the haves, so don’t think what I’m saying is a concern we have in Alabama because we’re one of the haves,” Saban said. “But not everyone in college football can do things in terms of how they fundraise in one collective or another and how they distribute money to players. So those are the concerns I have about how to establish guidelines around this so that we can maintain a complete balance.
“There’s no competitive sport that doesn’t have guidelines on how to maintain some sort of competitive balance. And I think that’s important for college football.”
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