Duke legend Christian Laettner wants NIL nixed: 'They've got to wipe that out'

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Duke hoops fable Christian Laettner is nary instrumentality of name, representation and likeness deals successful assemblage sports. 

Laettner starred for the Blue Devils erstwhile NIL wasn't adjacent a consideration.

But assemblage athletes person been capable to nett disconnected themselves successful caller years, creating what galore see an unmanageable pay-for-play scheme.

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Duke's Christian Laettner successful enactment against UNLV successful 1991. (Manny Millan/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

It's nary concealed assemblage athletes are flocking to big-time programs to marque the astir money, and it has athletes transferring from schoolhouse to school.

It's a drastic alteration from erstwhile Laettner was a household sanction successful the aboriginal 1990s

"They've got to instrumentality retired the NIL. They've got to hitch that out," Laettner told ESPN Radio's Mike Greenberg connected the 32nd day of Laettner's celebrated game-winning jumper. "They've got to alteration the transportation portal. I cognize everyone’s saying the equine is retired of the barn, and you can’t instrumentality worldly back, but however tin you found immoderate benignant of civilization astatine a schoolhouse erstwhile you’re getting caller kids each year?

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Duke's Christian Laettner shoots a layup against UConn successful Pontiac, Mich., March 22, 1991. (Richard Mackson/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

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"That would mean each twelvemonth was similar my freshman twelvemonth astatine Duke; and you’re truthful overmuch amended your third, your 4th twelvemonth erstwhile you’re nether 1 system, 1 program, 1 coach, 1 specifically defined culture. … I don’t cognize however the coaches bash it successful today’s game, and that’s wherefore immoderate of the amended ones are starting to quit."

Laettner whitethorn person been referencing Nick Saban, who retired earlier this year. However, Saban was adamant that NIL was not a crushed for his retirement.

Saban is each for NIL, but helium wants a "collective-driven" system.

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Former Duke hoops subordinate Christian Laettner attends a crippled betwixt Duke and the North Carolina Tar Heels astatine Cameron Indoor Stadium March 5, 2022, successful Durham, N.C. (Lance King/Getty Images)

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"I deliberation it needs to beryllium adjacent crossed the committee truthful that a schoolhouse that tin spend much can't make an vantage for themselves conscionable due to the fact that they person much wealth to spend. But I'm each for student-athletes. I privation student-athletes to person the champion prime of life," Saban told Bret Baier earlier this month.

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