‘Class is in Session’ episode 9: NIL policy in college athletics
On episode nine of Class is in Session with Doug Glanville presented by UI Health, Glanville analyzes the impact of the new NIL rules implemented this summer on college athletics, breaking down how it is benefitting athletes, while also acknowledging the potential pitfalls and areas to keep an eye on as college athletics embarks on this new era. To watch the full episode, click here.
Doug Glanville, the show’s host, creator and one of its executive producers, previewed the topic in an essay for the Marquee Sports Network website, writing “There will be bumps in the road, and concerns about how equitable it will be … but in the meantime, at least these athletes, who for decades have underwritten colleges and the NCAA, are finally getting a taste of what they are worth.” For the full essay, “The financial engine driving college sports,” click here.
Guests for this episode include:
- Grant Morgan – Current All-SEC linebacker at the University of Arkansas who has secured more than 15 NIL deals
- Chris Martin – Former Chicago Bear defensive back and Northwestern University All-American; Founder of OTG Sports Management
- Michelle Meyer – Founder of NIL Network, a resource for athletes, coaches and administrators
About Class is in Session: A monthly show hosted by Doug Glanville, exploring the intersection between sports and larger society. Each month, Glanville sits down with a distinguished panel of guests, analyzing and providing solutions to the most challenging issues in the world of sports.
Previous episode topics include the lack of minority coaches in sports today (guests Dusty Baker and Herm Edwards), the impact and importance of establishing legacy as an athlete (guests Cameron Maybin, Chris Long and Dr. Edwin Moses), the current state of NCAA amateurism (guests Sonny Vacarro, Prof. Kenneth Shropshire and Dr. Victoria Jackson), MLB’s decision to move the All-Star Game (guests Jason Heyward, Curtis Granderson and Ken Rosenthal), the influence of analytics in baseball (guests Bill James, Sarah Langs and Jimmy Rollins), patriotism in sports (guests Bobby Valentine, Kevin Blackistone and Tom Murray), the amateur draft process (guests Ruben Amaro Jr., Arn Tellem and Kevin Weekes) and mental health awareness (guests Bart Conner, Dr. Mark Hutchinson and Stacy St. Clair).
About Doug Glanville: Glanville, a nine-year MLB veteran, is a Marquee Sports Network analyst and the host of “Class is in Session with Doug Glanville” presented by UI Health, a half-hour panel show exploring the intersection between sports and larger society. Glanville was selected by the Cubs in the first round of the 1991 MLB draft and made his major league debut with Chicago in 1996. After spending five-plus seasons with Philadelphia and Texas, he returned to the Cubs in 2003 and hit a go-ahead triple in the 11th inning of Game Three of the NLCS against the Marlins. He was the first African American Ivy League graduate to play in the MLB.
A writer and multi-media journalist, Glanville is a frequent contributor to numerous outlets, including ESPN, the New York Times and The Athletic, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut. His “Enough” video essay was nominated for a 2021 Sports Emmy Award (The Dick Schaap Outstanding Writing Award – Short Form) by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Glanville is the author of The Game From Where I Stand, an inside look at the human side of the game of baseball, and is outspoken on topics relating to the human condition, including culture, diversity, overcoming adversity, and community-building. He also teaches a course at the University of Connecticut titled “Sport in Society.” The highly praised course examines the relationship between sports, celebrity, and its impact on society. Glanville is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.