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NCAA clears way for athlete compensation as state laws loom

NCAA clears way for athlete compensation as state laws loom

The NCAA has cleared the way for athletes to profit off their fame and celebrityBy SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports WriterJune 30, 2021, 10:24 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDALLAS — The NCAA Board of Directors approved one of the biggest changes in the history of college athletics Wednesday, clearing the way for nearly a half-million athletes to start earning money based on their fame and celebrity without fear of endangering their eligibility or putting their school in jeopardy of violating amateurism rules that have stood for decades.The decision, expected for months as state after state passed laws intended to render NCAA rules moot on the topic, came on the eve of the market opening Thursday for athletes in a dozen states, including giants like Texas and Florida.“This is an important day for college athletes since they all are now able to take advantage of name, image and likeness opportunities,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said.The decision effectively suspends NCAA restrictions on payments to athletes for things such as sponsorship deals, online endorsements and personal appearances. it applies to all three divisions or some 460,000 athletes.The NCAA will also allow athletes to enter into agreements with agents, though all athletes are expected to keep their school informed of any and all NIL arrangements. The NCAA said schools are responsible “for determining whether those activities are consistent with state law.”The NCAA had hoped to have broad NIL rules in place months ago, but that process bogged down, as did efforts on Capitol Hill to have Congress pass a law addressing the issue. Emmert said the NCAA will continue to push for a federal law to “provide clarity on a national level.”The NCAA was forced to seek a temporary solution rather than have athletes in some states eligible for compensation while others were not. More than 10 states have laws set to go into effect Thursday that would have undercut or simply declared inert existing NCAA rules regarding NIL earnings.Without NCAA action, athletes in some states could be making money without putting their college eligibility in jeopardy while their counterparts in other states could be in danger of breaking NCAA rules.The NCAA’s stopgap measure comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the association in a case involving education-related benefits. That 9-0 ruling is expected to impact issues related to compensation for athletes.While the NCAA has been fighting court battles and debating rules for compensation for years, the sudden pivot is jarring, if not perfectly clear on how it will affect recruiting and competitive balance.For now, the NCAA has largely left the issue in the hands of more than 1,100 member schools.“The current environment — both legal and legislative — prevents us from providing a more permanent solution and the level of detail student-athletes deserve,” Emmert said.In a letter to member schools last week, Emmert stressed the high court still puts authority to govern college sports in the hands of the association. However, he warned schools that “existing and new rules are subject to antitrust analysis and we should expect continued litigation., particularly in the area of ‘play for pay.’”The NCAA said the temporary policy addresses “play for pay” and the continued ban on improper inducements tied to choosing a school.“The new policy preserves the fact college sports are not pay-for-play,” said Division II Presidents Council chair Sandra Jordan, chancellor at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. “It also reinforces key principles of fairness and integrity across the NCAA and maintains rules prohibiting improper recruiting inducements.”———More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/AP—Top25

AP source: Mavs hire title-winning guard Jason Kidd as coach

AP source: Mavs hire title-winning guard Jason Kidd as coach

Jason Kidd is coming back to Dallas again, this time to replace the coach he won a championship with as the point guard of the Mavericks 10 years agoBy SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports WriterJune 25, 2021, 9:14 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDALLAS — Jason Kidd is coming back to Dallas again, this time to replace the coach he won a championship with as the point guard of the Mavericks 10 years ago.Kidd and the Mavericks agreed on a contract Friday, eight days after Rick Carlisle resigned abruptly in the wake of general manager Donnie Nelson’s departure, a person with direct knowledge of the agreement said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced.Carlisle, who took the Indiana job Thursday, gave ESPN an unsolicited endorsement of Kidd for his old job because of the impact Carlisle thought Kidd could have on Luka Doncic, the sensational young point guard who carries the hopes of the Mavericks.Dallas also found Nelson’s replacement in Nike executive Nico Harrison, who will carry the titles of GM and president of basketball operations, the person told AP.It is the third head coaching stop for the 48-year-old Kidd, who took Brooklyn to the second round in his debut in 2013-14 before bolting for Milwaukee. The Hall of Fame guard was fired during his fourth season with the Bucks after first-round exits two of his first three years. He was 139-152 with the Bucks after going 44-38 with the Nets.Kidd, who is coming off two seasons on Frank Vogel’s staff with the Los Angeles Lakers, had two stints as a player in Dallas, the second highlighted by the franchise’s only title when he directed the offense that ran through star Dirk Nowitzki. His career started with the Mavericks as the No. 2 overall pick in the 1994 draft.A year and a half after being named Co-Rookie of the Year in 1995, Kidd was traded to Phoenix amid turmoil with teammates Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn, both selected fourth overall in the two years before Kidd arrived.Kidd returned in another midseason trade in 2008 after leading the New Jersey Nets to consecutive NBA Finals in 2002-03, but it ended up be too late to save coach Avery Johnson’s job. The Nets acquired Kidd from Phoenix in 2001.The Mavericks had lost in the 2006 NBA Finals and endured a shocking first-round exit in 2007 after winning 67 games before getting knocked out in the first round again about two months after Kidd returned.Carlisle replaced Johnson, and the Mavericks won the championship in his third season with Kidd, who shared the leadership role with center Tyson Chandler while shooting guard Jason Terry was the No. 2 scorer behind Nowitzki.Kidd’s success in Dallas will depend how he develops Doncic, a two-time All-Star whose playmaking skills had Carlisle calling him one of the five best players in the world before the coach’s unexpected departure.It could be considered Kidd’s second chance with a European superstar, although Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t yet a two-time MVP when Kidd was fired in Milwaukee. The “Greek Freak” did blossom into an All-Star under Kidd, whose hiring in 2014 under new ownership in Milwaukee cost the Bucks two second-round draft picks.The first step for the Mavericks will be getting out of the first round of the playoffs, which they haven’t done since Kidd helped them beat LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals. Doncic’s first two postseasons ended in the first round against the Clippers.Harrison has been in Nike’s basketball division for nearly 20 years, rising through the ranks through relationships with stars such as the late Kobe Bryant. He’s also had interactions with Doncic through shoe contracts.Cuban’s relationship with Nelson was a more traditional basketball arrangement, with Nelson’s expertise coming in player evaluation even though he held the title of president of basketball operations longer than that of GM. Nelson’s roots were in Europe, where he discovered Nowitzki and Doncic as teenagers roughly 20 years apart.Harrison’s background is more in marketing and building relationships, and fits the model some clubs have used in putting former agents in key personnel roles.Nelson’s departure came amid reports of a power struggle in the front office. With the executive who once called him “our Jerry Sloan” gone, Carlisle didn’t hang around long.Besides Carlisle’s unexpected backing, Kidd already had some internal support with Nowitzki joining the club as a consultant the day after Carlisle resigned. The beloved Nowitzki had Kidd high on the list of reasons Dallas won a title.Kidd likely had another ally in the highest-ranking executive remaining, former player Michael Finley, the vice president of basketball operations. Finley, acquired in the trade that sent Kidd to Phoenix, was the club’s leading scorer late in its dreadful decade of the 1990s.———More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

García extends rookie HR lead to 20 as Rangers beat A's 5-3

García extends rookie HR lead to 20 as Rangers beat A's 5-3

Major league rookie home run leader Adolis García went deep twice for his 19th and 20th, Brock Holt had a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports WriterJune 24, 2021, 3:28 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleARLINGTON, Texas — Major league rookie home run leader Adolis García went deep twice for his 19th and 20th, Brock Holt had a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3 on Wednesday night.The Rangers had hits on the first three pitches from Oakland reliever Yusmeiro Petit to start the seventh after the A’s scored three runs in the top of the inning to erase a 2-0 deficit.Nate Lowe homered into the Texas bullpen in right-center field for his 10th, Eli White lined a double to left-center and Holt blooped the third pitch from Petit (7-1) down the line in left to bring home White and give the Rangers a 4-3 lead.“After giving up three, you kind of come back in and hang your head a little bit,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “Three straight pitches, just like that you’re back in the lead. It was good to see our guys have an approach against a guy that throws the ball over the plate, be ready to hit.”The first loss of the season for Petit — and just his second over two years — came in the 36-year-old right-hander’s majors-leading 37th appearance.“He throws a first-pitch changeup and usually that’s a pretty good popup pitch for him,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “He just didn’t get it in the spot he wanted to. Maybe not his best location of the year. It doesn’t happen often when he’s on the mound.”Sean Murphy opened Oakland’s three-run seventh with a 443-foot home run to center field after García had put Texas ahead 2-0 with a solo shot that barely cleared the same fence in the sixth. Skye Bolt and Matt Chapman added RBI singles.García connected on another two-out solo shot in the eighth for the 28-year-old Cuban’s third multihomer game of the season. García, who also leads MLB rookies in RBIs (52) and total bases (138) already had the Texas record for homers by a rookie before the All-Star break.Brett Martin (2-2) pitched a perfect eighth thanks to diving catches on consecutive plays by right fielder Joey Gallo and White in left. Joely Rodríguez finished for his first career save, allowing an infield single in the ninth.Texas starter Mike Foltynewicz, who had the second-highest ERA among AL qualifiers at 5.59 coming in, took a shutout into the seventh.The right-hander was replaced after allowing Murphy’s homer and a double to Elvis Andrus, who is playing his first series in Texas since the longtime Rangers shortstop was traded in the offseason.After getting a popout, Texas reliever Spencer Patton allowed consecutive singles to Bolt, Tony Kemp and Chapman, who extended his hitting streak to 11 games while giving the A’s a brief lead.SOLID AGAINThe Oakland rally had rookie James Kaprielian in line for a victory after the right-hander allowed two runs in six innings. The game was scoreless with two outs in the fifth when Johan Heim doubled in a run from first against the right-hander. Kaprielian hasn’t allowed more than five hits in any of his eight career starts.“Leaves with a lead,” Melvin said. “After we score three runs, we really feel like we’re in a pretty good position to win the game. He’s been real consistent for us.”NEW YORK, NEW YORKGarcía’s 20 homers before the All-Star break are the most for an AL rookie since Aaron Judge hit 30 for the Yankees in 2017.ROSTER MOVESThe Rangers brought up two relievers from Triple-A Round Rock in lefty Wes Benjamin and right-hander Joe Barlow, who is awaiting his major league debut. The Rangers sent right-hander Demarcus Evans to Round Rock and designated right-hander Brett de Geus for assignment. The move with the 23-year-old de Geus, a Rule 5 draft pick from the Los Angeles Dodgers in December, was made to get Barlow on the 40-man roster.TRAINER’S ROOMRangers: OF David Dahl, on the injured list since May 26 with a left rib cage injury, was transferred from Round Rock to Double-A Frisco to continue his rehab assignment. Dahl made two starts at DH and one in left fieldUP NEXTOakland RHP Chris Bassitt (7-2, 3.40 ERA) is set to face LHP Kolby Allard (2-2, 2.93) in the finale of the four-game series Thursday. Bassitt has won seven consecutive decisions since losing his first two starts. Allard is 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA in four starts since opening the season with 10 relief appearances.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Mavericks figure to keep focus on Doncic amid sudden shakeup

Mavericks figure to keep focus on Doncic amid sudden shakeup

Mark Cuban is suddenly without a coach and general manager after the Dallas Mavericks were one of the models of stability in the NBA for more than a decadeBy SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports WriterJune 18, 2021, 8:48 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDALLAS — Mark Cuban is suddenly without a coach and general manager after the Dallas Mavericks were one of the models of stability in the NBA for more than a decade.The owner’s next moves figure to be all about superstar Luka Doncic following coach Rick Carlisle’s decision to quit a day after the club announced the departure of longtime GM Donnie Nelson.The loss of Nelson was of more consequence for Doncic, who was a teenager playing professionally in Spain when Nelson started courting his latest European prodigy. Doncic was drafted 20 years after Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki, who led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011.“It was kind of tough on me,” Doncic told reporters in Slovenia, where he’s preparing to help his home country try to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. “I really like Donnie. It was tough on me, seeing that, but I’m not the one making decisions there.”Sure enough, Cuban’s first move appeared to be with Doncic in mind. The Mavericks added Nowitzki as an adviser Friday, two years after he retired at the end of his only season with Doncic. It was enough time for the European stars to bond.While the Mavericks kept the same trio of decision-makers in Cuban, Carlisle and Nelson for 13 years, they couldn’t win consistently in the playoffs. Dallas hasn’t won a postseason series since the 2011 NBA Finals.After Doncic’s second career playoff series ended the same way as his first a year earlier — an opening-round loss to the Los Angeles Clippers — Cuban said Carlisle would return as coach.There wasn’t any indication Nelson was leaving either, with the son of former Dallas coach Don Nelson telling reporters the day after the season ended he was looking forward to continuing to build around Doncic through free agency and trades.Nelson’s departure after 24 seasons with the club came within days of a report in The Athletic detailing a power struggle in the front office. Carlisle’s decision wasn’t surprising given his relationship with Nelson, who once called Carlisle “our Jerry Sloan” in reference to the former Utah coach who led the Jazz for 23 seasons.That’s not to say Carlisle wasn’t close to Cuban, who has often said he believes the most difficult thing in pro sports is finding the right coach.“Rick has been a great friend,” Cuban told The Associated Press after Carlisle’s decision was announced. “There are not words to express how grateful I am for our time together.”Cuban plans to replace Nelson before naming his next coach. Carlisle is the winningest coach in franchise history, going 555-478 in 13 seasons.His lead assistant, Jamahl Mosley, should be a solid candidate. Mosley drew praise from Doncic after filling in this season when Carlisle had a false positive test for COVID-19 and was forced to miss a game at New York.The sudden instability in Dallas likely won’t mean Doncic is going anywhere.The 22-year-old will be eligible in August to sign a five-year extension expected to be worth about $200 million. The two-time All-Star can’t sign for that much anywhere else, and the Mavericks would get to match any offer anyway.Instead, the pressure is on Cuban to keep his immensely talented point guard in Dallas as long as Nowitzki, who set an NBA record by spending all 21 of his seasons with the Mavericks.A big part of Nowitzki’s lengthy tenure was his loyalty. The NBA’s sixth-leading scorer didn’t have an agent, and he simply decided early in his career Dallas was where he wanted to be.Nowitzki’s reward was the 2011 championship, won without another superstar, just a crafty veteran point guard in Jason Kidd, an expert in leadership in center Tyson Chandler and a group of role players led by shooting guard Jason Terry.Nelson’s biggest play to give Doncic a sidekick was the blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks that brought Kristaps Porzingis in 2019. The idea was similar to what Nowitzki provided — a tall 3-point threat to create space for other scorers.Porzingis was little more than a decoy for most of the latest playoff loss to the Clippers, clouding the 25-year-old’s future as part of a duo with Doncic. This will be the hottest topic for the new GM and coach.While the lure of a life-changing extension for Doncic is the biggest asset Cuban has in suddenly tumultuous times, the roughly $102 million due over the final three years of the Porzingis deal is a potential albatross.Cuban is about to have a new set of voices to seek answers.———More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

GM Donnie Nelson, who brought Nowitzki, Doncic, leaving Mavs

GM Donnie Nelson, who brought Nowitzki, Doncic, leaving Mavs

Dallas Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson, instrumental in the club’s acquisitions of Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic, is leaving the organization after 24 seasonsBy SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports WriterJune 16, 2021, 10:04 PM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDALLAS — Dallas Mavericks general manager Donnie Nelson, instrumental in the club’s acquisitions of Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic, is leaving the organization after 24 seasons.The Mavericks said Wednesday the club and Nelson agreed to part ways, with owner Mark Cuban saying the 58-year-old son of former coach Don Nelson was “instrumental to our success and helped bring a championship to Dallas.”Nelson joined Dallas in 1998 when his dad was named coach. A few months later, the Mavericks moved down in the draft to get Nowitzki in a trade with Milwaukee. The 7-foot German led Dallas to the franchise’s only championship in 2011.With the Nowitzki era drawing to a close, the Mavericks made another draft-day deal for a young European in Doncic in 2018. Dallas moved up two spots to the No. 3 pick, while Atlanta got Trae Young.Nowitzki and the teenager from Slovenia played together one season before Nowitzki retired. Doncic has twice been an All-Star and first-team All-NBA selection since then.While the European stars were critical to a title and what appears to be a bright future for Dallas, the franchise hasn’t won a playoff series since capturing the title. And there have been plenty of questionable decisions in the draft.“Donnie has been instrumental to our success and helped bring a championship to Dallas,” Cuban said in a statement issued by the team. “His hard work, creativity and vision made him a pioneer.”Nelson’s departure comes after years of Cuban, Nelson and coach Rick Carlisle saying they worked collaboratively on personnel decisions with the Mavericks. All three didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.The biggest question is what the move with Nelson will mean for Doncic with the 22-year-old eligible to sign a extension expected to be worth slightly more than $200 million.After losing to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year, Doncic strongly suggested he would sign a contract that could keep him in Dallas through the 2026-27 season.Nelson, who also held the title of president of basketball operations, had strong ties to Europe before joining the Mavs. Those paid off almost immediately with Nowitzki, who was a teenager when Nelson started following him in Germany.Dallas had the sixth pick in 1998 and drafted Robert Traylor for Milwaukee, which had the ninth choice and took the 19-year-old Nowitzki for the Mavericks.After a rough rookie year and missing the playoffs again his second season, Nowitzki led Dallas to the postseason 12 straight years. The Mavericks lost to Dwyane Wade and Miami in the 2006 NBA Finals before beating LeBron James, Wade and the Heat five years later.Two decades after targeting Nowitzki, Nelson had Doncic at the top of the Dallas draft board when the rebuilding Mavericks ended up lower than hoped in the lottery with the fifth pick.Figuring that wasn’t high enough, the club worked the trade with the Hawks, who wanted Young after his sensational freshman season at Oklahoma. Doncic had just helped Real Madrid win the European championship.Nelson wanted to draft two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece in 2013 but was overruled by Cuban. Dallas ended up with Shane Larkin, who was traded a year later and spent just four years in the league with four different teams.There have been plenty of busts in the draft under Nelson, most recently in 2017 when Dallas took Dennis Smith Jr. with emerging Utah star Donovan Mitchell still available.Smith was the key piece in the blockbuster trade with the New York Knicks that brought another high-profile European to Dallas in Kristaps Porzingis. The 7-3 Latvian’s future with the Mavericks also could be in question with Nelson gone.———More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports