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Friday, June 25, 2021


 Kentucky Approves NIL Compensation

Friday's With Daryl have been put on hold again as Daryl spent last evening commanding the video camera crew at Louisville Slugger Field. The Bats started their home series against Indianapolis, which, coincidentally, Louisville City FC hosts Indy 11 this weekend. I-65 is sure to be busy the next few days.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky created all kinds of commotion yesterday. What started off as a day to discuss the possible NIL bills floating around different states quickly turned into Governor Andy Beshear signing an executive order making Kentucky the first state to allow NIL compensation by an executive order decision. Six states have already approved NIL compensation through their respective legislation. This will take effect July 1.

Several University of Louisville coaches and notables in the Athletic Department took to social media to express their thoughts on the matter, all seeming to be in approval of the decision.

Vince Tyra: "On behalf of our student athletes at the University of Louisville and other Kentucky institutions, we are incredibly grateful for Governor Beshear's Executive Order allowing them to earn additional compensation on behalf of their Name, Image, and Likeliness. Bringing the state of Kentucky into competitive balance with other across the country, and more specifically, the Atlantic Coast Conference was critical. His leadership, in collaboration with our universities and legislators in Frankfort, was welcomed and needed in leveling the playing field for our institutions and, more important, for our student-athletes."

Jeff Walz: "We applaud Governor Beshear on this ground breaking decision. This is the right thing to do. This allows our student-athletes to enhance their profile in the profession of their choice. This is about opportunity, and we are all for it."

Scott Teeter: "We commend Governor Beshear and the state of Kentucky on this thoughtful decision regarding Name, Image, and Likeliness. The success of our student-athletes has always been our highest priority and this decision provides them with even more opportunities moving forward."

Karen Ferguson-Dayes: "I'm very happy to hear that Governor Beshear issued an executive order on Name, Image, and Likeliness for the state of Kentucky. I fully support our student-athletes having an opportunity to advance themselves forward and this is a very positive step."

Mark Beckham: "I'm happy  and excited for my athletes to have the opportunity. The things they can do are limitless, which is a good thing. This is a new day in college athletics though; they can legally make money. We will see how it works, hopefully it is for the best."

Derek Copeland: "It makes sense that people should benefit from their own Name, Image, and Likeliness. These student-athletes work very hard to build and maintain their personal brand and should be rewarded when they do it so well. I am glad that our governor has taken these steps to allow for this to happen."

Arthur Albiero: "Kudos to Governor Andy Beshear by recognizing the importance of NIL to all student-athletes in our state and for the urgency with which he is treating this matter. I support the changes related to NIL as a path for our student-athletes to maximize their opportunities. It also keeps our state on a level playing field with the rest of the country. I am grateful to Governor Beshear's leadership."

Many of the men's coaches, including Scott Satterfield and Chris Mack, provided statements on the matter, all in favor.

There are still plenty of questions to be asked in regards to the NIL approval as well as how much different student-athletes will make. On the women's side, we expect to see Hailey Van Lith to be one of the players being able to do well with NIL based on her following. Women's basketball in general gets a lot more exposure than many other women's sports so those players have a good chance at doing well. Someone like Anna DeBeer, who has had an excellent career so far, could also benefit well. Mercedes (Mechi) Pastor is one of the most well-known collegiate field hockey players and has an international presence and may do well too.

What does that mean for places that cover UofL athletics, or collegiate athletics in general?

Well, first, we are one of those. The answer is plain and simple: we don't know. Cardinal Couple does not generate profit and does not make money by using different players' NIL. We do report the joy and excitement of UofL women's athletics. Will this even affect our normal operations here? Paulie is looking into this more and working with the terrific SIDs so we know how this will directly affect us.

Our Cardinal Couple Hour is back again tomorrow. We never know for sure who is going to pop in on the broadcast, but we can pretty much ensure Paulie, Jeff and Jared will be there.  We will dig into the Name, Image, and Likeliness more, but we will not have an answer to the question in the previous paragraph yet. However, the world famous CC Quiz will happen tomorrow. We always welcome you to join at home. Hint: study up your mascots.

Happy Friday, have a good weekend, and Go Cards!



  1. Amateurism is dead. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Thanks to NIL, star players will be making more than coaches in a couple of years in college. A cottage industry will pop up, agents tracking names, images and likeness of student-athletes. Sites like this one will perish in a couple of years if you don't have the resources to "pony up" the dollars to pay the student-athlete for taking/using their picture or using their name in an article.

    Sad. Regrettable. Inevitable. And you expect the NCAA to monitor this? They can't even tie their own shoes. BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY, the score is capitalism/greed 1 -- joy and excitement 0.

    Nick O.

  2. I think players have always deserved to be rewarded for their own popularity. For example, if a player has a large following on social media why should they not be able to profit on brand deals for their popularity? However, how do you find a way to regulate it so that big market colleges don’t just overpower everyone and take all the top recruits.

    I like the concept of players being able to profit just like everyone else, but it can definitely be a slippery slope.

    Curtis "Be Kind" Franklin

  3. Great. Now, if my niece wants her picture taken with a notable women's college student-athlete...will I have to fork over $10 or $20 first?

    College athletes are compensated, very well, for their services. They live in the nicest dorms, have any amount of food available to them, as well as experts in academics, physical training/therapy, medicine, etc. They have first choice of classes. In fact, in a class system of collegiate students, they are the 1%

    Could you imagine what Angel or Asia Durr would have raked in? I bet they would have out earned most of the coaches and maybe even Their coach.

    This sounds great but it’s a nightmare in the making. Hope I’m wrong. Sure, some coaches think it’s non event. Not sure about that, but it’s the only take they can have…. at least in public.

    Greed killed the college student-athlete.

    Blue Lou

  4. So, let's look at NIL.

    NIL stands for name, image and likeness. Under long-time NCAA rules, college athletes weren't allowed to profit from their NIL through endorsements, personal appearances, autograph signings and the like.

    Some states have enacted NIL legislation. Kentucky became one of those yesterday.

    It is important to note that State Laws supersede NCAA rules, but the NCAA hopes Congress will pass federal legislation that creates a uniform national policy. Such action isn’t imminent, although a U.S. Senate committee held two hearings on the matter this month. In the meantime, the NCAA is looking to formulate an interim policy that would spread NIL compensation rights to athletes enrolled at schools in states that haven’t enacted new laws.

    All this, obviously, is going to take time. Especially when the NCAA is involved. I think the stance we have to take here at Cardinal C Couple is pretty much what Jared out-lined.

    We don't know what we don't know yet. We'll continue along as normal until we get told differently.

    We are non-profit. We stopped asking for donations several years ago. We have two recognized sponsors, more like donors, but what they provide goes to cover expenses and nothing more. We do not get paid to write this website. We have no "pay-for-viewing" premium options. You, the reader, don't have to subscribe, register or sign in or give a credit card. Just click on and read.

    All we do is cover the joy and excitement of UofL sports. It'll be interesting to see how the future unfolds for us. Right now, the car still has four tires, we're rolling down the road and there are no speed bumps.

    We'll see what lies ahead down this road.


  5. Hello Friends!
    Arthur Here!

    I am not going to take a gloom and doom approch toward NIL. I will wait and see how it all plays out.

    I certainly hope it is not the end of what Cardinal Couple is and does. I LOVE this site. I read it daily and I have learned so much about athletics following you.

    Your Friend
    #1 Clemson Fan
    Greer. SC

  6. Hello transfer portal.

  7. Daddy can I have $32 dollars?
    Why honey?
    I want (player A's) autograph and to take a picture of her.
    Dad hesitates...
    He says. Why not go to (player B). She only charges $16.

  8. pay the players because they be earning that money for the school just go out and get the best ones for uofl

    never got paid but played


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