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NCAA Investigating NIL Deals at Brigham Young, Miami

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The NCAA is investigating name, image and likeness concerns involving football players at Brigham Young University and the University of Miami, according to Lindy's Sports, citing a Friday report by Sportico.

Investigators are reportedly attempting to determine whether the deals are essentially pay-for-play, which is not allowed under the temporary NIL guidelines set up by the NCAA, effective July 1.

According to the report, BYU’s deal involves a partnership with Built Bar, a protein bar company that provided compensation comparable to the amount of tuition for the academic year to each player on the football team, walk-on players included.

Miami’s deal was reportedly with American Top Team, a South Florida-based Mixed Martial Arts program that reportedly gave a total of $540,000 to 90 players on scholarship.

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A Miami spokesman told Sportico the school has not heard from the NCAA. BYU confirmed it has spoken to the NCAA.

“We have communicated with the NCAA concerning the Built Bar NIL arrangement,” BYU associate athletic director for communications Jon McBride told Sportico in a statement. “They have informed us they do not have any additional questions at this time. We will continue to monitor and abide by the NCAA interim NIL policy.”

According to the NCAA’s policy, universities have the right to object to an NIL deal.

“Athletes are expected to understand their school’s NIL policy and keep their school informed of all NIL arrangements,” the policy states. “The best way to ensure student-athletes understand school-specific NIL rules is to work directly with their coaching and the compliance department.”

Earlier this week, NCAA president Mark Emmert told reporters that the entity was investigating possible NIL violations without revealing which schools were involved.

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