Deion Sanders has made it publicly clear that he is not a fan of the NIL and offered a strong opinion behind it.
Deion Sanders is as real as it gets. He will tell it like it is, regardless of what the topic is. As you can imagine, the NIL is not off-limits.
On Wednesday, Sanders appeared on SportsCenter and offered his opinion on the latest trend in college sports. The Jackson State Head Coach is not a fan.
In some ways, Sanders is incorrect. Given how rule changes have allowed college athletes to be paid for their work, it is essential that they benefit from it from a financial perspective.
Also, there is a flip side where Sanders is spot on. There is a more significant opportunity in the NFL for these players, and the financial investments from it are of greater value than playing off college money.
Deion Sanders offered a strong take on how he perceives the NIL
Unfortunately, not many HBCU players are drafted into the NFL, and Sanders is trying to help change that. Last year, a few players heard their names called, including defensive back Joshua Williams and defensive end James Houston, from Fayetteville State and Jackson State, respectively.
At the same time, Sanders peaking about the kids’ futures is a valid point. While certainly exciting, college football is only a small part of life, but its impact and what you make of it can be transcendent and result in a better future. A short-term money grab, if used wisely, is a great story, but more often than not, it doesn’t work that way.
Sanders is right in some areas. and wrong in others. The bottom line is that he won’t utter something without thinking it over first, and that makes it all the more credible. It will certainly be interesting to see how this all pans out in the future and whether or not the NIL makes that much more of a difference as it has been talked about.