Re: NCAA Amateurism Facing Test
I don't have a problem with the colleges keeping the money while the players get nothing. If the players don't like it they don't have to go to college.
In baseball, tennis, hockey and soccer the player can choose to go pro after high school or go to college and play for free. That is fair.
On the other hand, the NBA and NFL force players to go to college before they can enter the draft. That is what is unfair. The players don't have any control over their lives. The NBA and NFL get a free minor league system, the colleges make millions of dollars but the players do all the work and take all the risks.
So in my mind the blame lies with the pro leagues rather than with the NCAA.
The ironic aspect of all this is that baseball players are never ready to contribute at the major league level straight out of high school. They require years of practice and development before they are ready yet they have the option to go pro immediately. But many basketball players are good enough to play in the NBA straight out of high school yet they are the ones that are forced to go to college -- even though many of them have absolutely no academic skills and no academic interests.
Last edited by AtomicDumpling; 07-25-2009 at 04:52 PM.