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.
Right, Teger. The D League that gets like 400 people in the stands during a game and you can never watch on TV? For someone that talks about stupid fucking ideas, you're really stretching an old rubber band here.
Yes, the issue is colleges, and if you try and fight their power you'll likely lose. And you're asking a population of avid fans invested in these schools, that had attended them, to switch allegiances and support the Boise Sharks and Albuquerque Roosters? Good luck.
You need to compromise and accept the university role, let them have their cut because they're a business like any other and will fight to protect their place. But within that you win by also taking advantage of its popularity and pay these guys, and at the same time create a system when a guy is not ready by age 19 he still has a chance.
Originally Posted by LawrenceMD 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.
I'm with a lot of this, but as with professional footballers, there are limits to how many games they can handle in a year before their bodies break down. Also, the summer is weak for sports in general. Lots of players get stress injuries the year after a world cup.
It is fucking dumb, but from another perspective, if you let a guy cash in on autographs, aren't you introducing all kinds of players into the equation that don't have a role? Just pay them, when the school becomes their source of income, they won't need to bother looking elsewhere. And yes, why not sponsorship. In Europe, Nike sponsors 9 year olds. In auto racing, teams like McLaren sponsor kids in carts by forming a driver's academy. Its commonly done.
For a country that pretends to be a capitalist mecca and demonizes the European socialist model, this sure smells like a racquet to me.