Originally Posted by Teger
so the issue is colleges, so you want to create a system that perpetuates the issue?
let athletes enter the nba draft (and nfl draft) at age 18. use the NBA d-league as a farm system similar to baseball. if people choose to attend college, that's fine, but the NCAA shouldn't be used as a training ground for future professional players without compensating them.
in the phillippines, their version of the NCAA tournament is very popular, but they also allow the athletes to play in "semi pro" leagues (often their own college team that's sponsored by a large company) during their semestral breaks and summers. it acts like a D-League to get pro caliber players ready for the 1st division pro league and also develops guys who don't have the academic chops to make it into the elite schools.So that way the national college "final four" tournament stays "pure" and is still immensely popular (from a national audience, school loyalty, and TV rights/sponsorship/money wise).
But players also have the option to earn money playing ball during semestral breaks and summer. The guys who come from affluent families often only play sparingly in the offseason (just to keep up) but often just rest and relax.
think about it? How fucking dumb is it that Jabari parker can't make money signing is own damn name on a piece of paper, or play semi pro to earn scratch while in school. who the fuck do the NCAA think they are? it seems totally un american and anti-freedom to no be able to make money from signing your own damn autographs.
Fucking music majors are allowed to earn money performing the violin or piano on the side or theater majors can act in fucking commercials, TV shows and movies during college, but the NCAA forbids its players to earn money using their vocation. the NCAA sports racket- mongers need to be kicked in the balls 100 times in public - seriously if they have religion and are doing what they are doing in good conscious they will probably should rot in their religion's version of hell.