The Hoop and the Harm

Iowa basketball star Caitlin Clark, who drains three-pointers with the ease of Stephen Curry, has earned an estimated $3.1 million in NIL revenue from marketing her name, image and likeness. Purdue center Zach Edey also took his team to the final, but as he told reporters, “I obviously lost out on a lot of money this year.” The towering center hails from Toronto, and under a student visa NIL earnings are off limits.

While Edey has been piling up points, the Biden Junta has allowed some eight million people to enter the country with no visas, no vaccination records, no background, and no job prospects. According to Judicial Watch, these entrants are the recipients of massive federal aid. That is profoundly unfair to taxpayers, legal immigrants, legitimate citizens, and talented visa holders such as Zach Edey, whom people will pay to see.

College athlete-students have only been able to gain NIL revenue since 2021 but they did not suddenly “gain” the right to market their name, image and likeness. They always had that right and before 2021 the NCAA took it away. The athlete-students were paid in kind by tuition while in college and NCAA bosses grabbed the cash from television rights and so forth. Imagine what Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Sue Bird, and Sheryl Swoopes, among many others, might have earned as collegians.

Change was long overdue but legal visa holders such as Zach Edey are still locked out. As “Big Maple” contends, “it needs to change for sure.” For all but the willfully blind, so does the ongoing invasion of illegals.

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