« on: April 07, 2014, 02:57:45 pm »
Yep. ExTP has it on the head. How many people can name a minor league baseball player? Even if you could, it is nowhere near the star potential of a college football player, a college basketball player, or even the star college baseball player. The D1 system is a free minor league for the professionals, with a massive marketing budget and tv exposure, and they are perfectly happy about the side benefits. Big time college basketball and football has very little to do with promoting student athletes. That's not to say there aren't a lot of student athletes, even a vast majority, taking advantages of the scholarships to get a good college education. In football, especially, I believe this to be true. Not so much in basketball, check out the transfer rates of D1 basketball players and tell me they aren't spending more time jostling for playing space then class time!
But the fact is, the NCAA D1 system is broken. There are two ways to fix it. Drive it back to a student run enterprise, which faces problems from fans who have grown used to the level of competition and product on the field, or push it toward a professional minor league, which faces problems from people who believe in student athletics and amateurism. The hybrid system that exists right now, where the product is professional but the people are amateurs obligated to so things that they have little or no interest in doing, is a failure.
Personally I think the professional leagues should pay for and maintain their own development leagues. This works in baseball, hockey, and soccer both nationally and globally. Globally it woks in basketball, volleyball, rugby, and almost all individual sports like tennis and golf have tiered professional systems. American football and basketball should have to put up their own money and create a system of development leagues as well. The NCAA should mandate the baseball rule across all sports. You can go to a professional league out of h.s. if you want and they will pay you. If you go to college, you stay at least 3 years before becoming professionally eligible again. Further, those schools should be HARSHLY judged on the kids that enroll on their performance in class over those 3 years and the remaining eligibility. Kids that choose college should not be doing so just to give themselves more time to develop athletically, but to do so in order to earn a degree. The APR should be bostered and strictly enforced.