Originally Posted by bucksfan2
The NBA and NFL doesn't want to create a minor league system. To be honest I don't think it ever would work. The MLB system is unique and I doubt it could be replicated.
Lets use you example of a minor league NFL system. Each team is going to have to pay 65 or so players. They will need to fund a stadium for these players to play in. For ever great college team, 3/4 of the player will never play a professional down. So now an NFL team had to decide which players they want to invest in as 18 year olds in the most physically demanding sport. Not only that, they will have to guess right as well as surround the player with a bunch of guys who will never see the field. All that while trying to find a city and fund a stadium for those players to play in.
The thing with O'Bannon is he was able to use that UCLA jersey he drapped over his shoulders as a showcase to get drafted 9th in the NBA. Without UCLA you think he signs a $3.9M contract? Based upon his Wikipedia page he worked as the marketing director for a Las Vegas auto dealership. You think he gets that job if he doesn't have the notoriety from his days wearing a UCLA jersey?
Do you think that Ed O'Bannon is where he is right now without UCLA? Not only the education but also the exposure? Do you think that people would recognize Ed O'Bannon and tell what a great tournament he had in 95 when UCLA won it all? How about if he was playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce or Fort Wayne Mad Ants?
The only way it doesn't work is if colleges keep being allowed to do what they are doing. The NFL or NBA will figure out a way to make a minor league system work if they want to stay in business if colleges lose their power.
Without UCLA, Ed O'Bannon may have never blown out his knee and been the guy he could have been on the court. We don't know.
The schools need the players a lot more than the players need the schools. The NFL and NBA will find the players with or without colleges.