I also understand that Football, and to a lesser extent men’s basketball pay for all the other sports (men's and womens) at the schools, creating opportunity for thousands of athletes to get an education and play their sports.
The corruption revealed by the FBI probe is just opening a window of the mess that is big time college sports that has been going on for decades. Just ask Kentucky basketball.
For basketball there is a reasonable fix that should help. The NBA needs to make the D-league a true developmental/minor league. They also need to draft kids, like the NHL, from 18 to 20. Drafted kids can still go to college and the NBA team holds their rights for as long as they are in school. Kids who want to go directly into pro ball, can immediately go to the D league or the NBA instead of college. Each D league contract must include a trust for the player to pay for college.
I understand that this will make recruiting and maintaining a college roster harder. However, it will also allow kids to stay in school longer and develop while getting their education. In the long-term it might just make both the NBA and college game better as the players in both leagues end up older, more physically and skill developed.
Some critics will argue that this will kill college basketball. I will disagree. There will certainly be an adjustment period. However College hockey continues to grow and more players in the NHL have college pedigrees, despite great developmental options like the CHL.
Edited by GASabresIUFAN, 25 February 2018 - 12:19 AM.