Originally Posted by bucksfan2
A minor league team isn't going to play on Sat because of the NFL and NCAA's agreement on playing dates. It could play on a Fri but then you are combating yourself against high school football. So lets say you have a minor league team playing on Wed nights, who is going to attend that game? And how are you going to make money from it?
We have seen "minor league" organizations fail time and time again. There are "minor league" systems in Arena football and the football league that is starting right now. No way would the owners want to financially commit themselves to a minor league system of football. And no business man in his right mind would want to put up the financial backing to own a team.
One thing we have to remember about minor league sports is that it's not only minor league in the level of play but also in the level of pay. More often than not, someone who plays in the minor leagues is working another job to support himself (and his family if he has one). You have to pay for food and a place to live and you are barely squeaking by. Compare that situation to a college player. All they have to do is go to class - for free - and practice. Their food and living is paid for. They don't have to work either. They don't have any money of their own but a generous booster or agent may help them out when they need a few extra bucks.
I really don't know what to do about the situation. College players have been getting paid ever since they started playing. Sure, you could give them a legal stipend but then you get into a real slippery slope as far as who gets paid and how much. If it isn't agents it's going to be someone else. We remember Reggie Bush giving his Heisman back because he received improper benefits while at USC. But, did you know that another Heisman winner received money before his eligibility was up? And it wasn't from an agent either it was from then L.A. Rams GM Pete Rozelle.