Will The NCAA’s One-Time Transfer Rule Empower Athletes Or Undermine The Game?

Baseball, Soccer, American Football, Ice hockey And Basketball Sportspersons
Wednesday, 23 June 2021 By Ani Ghazikhanian

On April 14, 2021, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Council voted to allow student-athletes the right to transfer schools once during their undergraduate sports careers and receive immediate eligibility to compete for their new school without having to sit-out the rest of the season. The rule[1] applies to the five most popular US sports: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, football and men’s ice hockey (Five Sports) as athletes in all other sports already have this right.  

This change has resulted in an influx of both critics and supporters and may change the culture and trajectory of NCAA sports. This article explores the changes, looking at:

  • The NCAA transfer system and four-year rule.
  • How the one-time transfer rule works.
  • How the rule could impact athletes and the NCAA.

Please note that ‘football’ in this article refers to American football and not soccer.

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Ani Ghazikhanian

Ani Ghazikhanian

Ani Ghazikhanian is a staff attorney at Jones Day and guides clients in the resolution of commercial disputes in business and tort litigation. She currently works on the representation of Experian, one of the three national consumer credit reporting agencies, in individual consumer credit litigation brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Prior to joining Jones Day in 2019, Ani served as a legal intern with the Minnesota Vikings Football organization as well as with LawInSport, a leading online international sports law publication.

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