G League Ignite shutting down: NBA cites NCAA’s NIL policy as reason for ending developmental team

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MILWAUKEE — On the opening day of men’s March Madness, the NBA announced that it is shutting down the G League Ignite at the conclusion of this season. The developmental program was founded in 2020 as an alternative path to the NBA for graduating high school seniors, and offered players paychecks and a chance to compete against professional competition.
It was created just as Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) rights were getting off the ground in the NCAA. While there was certainly an avenue for something like the Ignite to exist at that time, that is no longer the case. During All-Star Weekend, NBA commissioner Adam Silver hinted at this decision, saying the league would

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