The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: The Transfer Market, and Center Discussion

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1) This portal business is fast becoming a free agent market.  Do you see a possibility of the acquiring school being required to give something up to the school the portal player is coming from? – OandM 69

Chris Coleman: You mean like a transfer fee when a player moves from one team to another in soccer?  No, I can’t see that.  If they players themselves aren’t getting paid, then no money could change hands between schools during a player transfer.  Nor could any other goods or services change hands.  There is no contract between the player and the school.  There is a scholarship that is granted on a year-by-year basis, but no long-term binding contract.  The schools don’t own the rights to the players, as we see in professional sports.  So a team can’t be compensated for the loss of a player, because he never owned that player to begin with.

I don’t see any way to make it perfect, or even close to perfect.  Or even close to respectable, for that matter.  College football and college basketball are the minor leagues for the NFL and the NBA.  Yet at the same time, we’re technically talking about college students.  Unless the professional teams start their own minor league systems, or their own youth squads, I don’t see any way it can be avoided.

I don’t think it’s particularly good for college sports.  But at the same time, I think the previous transfer rules were completely unfair to the players.  A coach, or a regular student, can transfer from one school to the other without sitting out a year, but a player can’t?  That’s not fair.  When you look at it from that