SMU’s Ra’Sun Kazadi Shares His Thoughts On The Impact NIL Has Had On Him As An Artist

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Sep 17, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; The SMU pony logo covering the tunnel prior to a game against the Liberty Flames at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. SMU won 29-14. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Recently, ESPN’s Jay Bilas shared his thoughts about the benefits being given to student-athletes, especially in the world of college basketball. “Before NIL, the choice to remain in college or join the true ‘pay for play’ professional ranks was a black and white, all or nothing decision. An athlete could choose to stay in school and earn no money, or leave school to earn money. With NIL, players now have the option to continue their education and earn money, and many have chosen to do so.”

Another prime example of his words comes from the world of college football, by way of SMU’s safety Ra’Sun Kazadi. Kazadi’s college football stats may not be indicative of the positive impacts NIL has made over the last year, appearing in 10 games over the last 2 years, and only racking up 2 tackles; however, the impact of NIL for this student-athlete goes outside the football field to his talents as an artist.

Kazadi shares his thoughts about the experiences, and broadened horizons, NIL has brought to him. “I’m able to do more of the work that I want to do because of NIL. I can sell my pieces for more, and therefore, I don’t have to do, like, 100 pieces a month. It’s funny because it’s been less about money now. It’s been more about just working and growing, and just trying things.”

ESPN has more HERE.

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