Nick Saban Gives His Take On NIL Legislation

NCAA Football: Alabama Pro Day
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Prior to his round at the Regions Tradition Pro-Am Charity Tournament at the Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama, Saban took some time to talk to reporters about the upcoming season and recent NIL legislation.

“College football has always created a parity with players and competition, which I think every league already has, whether it’s with the NFL salary cap or whatever. And you know, now, I think NIL is great for the players, they should have an opportunity to earn money – I’m fine with all that,” Saban said.

“We’ve always had the same (number of) scholarships, same Alston money, same cost of attendance, same academic support, same medical attention for everybody, Saban continued. “And if we don’t create that balance, I think it’s going to affect the competitive standard of the game in the future, and probably affect other sports. So hopefully somebody will be able to figure that out.”

Alabama added multiple SEC transfers for the 2022 season in Jermaine Burton, Eli Ricks and Tyler Steen. Saban also added to his roster with ACC transfers Jahmyr Gibbs and Tyler Harrell.