I love it. California being awesome as usual.
Forcing players to attend college (or to play overseas), but not allowing them to make money of it is just pure wrong. I know it's a complex situation and I'm simplifying it like crazy, but to me, that's what it boils down to do;
College needs a CBA. I'm not saying players should get salaries or guaranteed, but they absolutely deserve to make money off their endorsements and a share of TV revenues and ticket sales. More importantly, they option to jump straight into the NBA.
I think a good compromise would be:
Highschool players can jump straight to the pros if they prefer. However, if they choose to go to college, they should be forced to commit to the full 4 years. (or a minimum 2, 4 years might be unrealistic). If they choose to go to college, players receive a full scholarship and a percentage of revenues from ticket sales and endorsements. This percentage shouldn't be anything substantial, but it should be enough to give an incentive for players to choose this option. Obviously figuring out the math that makes it fair here would be the biggest challenge in this scenario. The NCAA would still retain 100% of TV revenue.
What this does:
- Elite level highschool prospects can get paid. Those willing to take the risk but not being good enough for the NBA still have the option to play in the Dleague, which would inevitably improve the GLeague and create more revenue there as well.
- The NCAA still keep the majority of their revenue, and put out a better product which includes 4 years of players and team development. They would have to share some of the revenue, and they won't have the benefit of having the Zion's play for a year, but they atleast gain something to soften the inevitable blow.
-The NBA benefits from having star prospects there one season earlier, along with more talent in the Gleague.
- Prospects not good enough to jump straight to the pros sacrifice the freedom to leave college at any time, but will continue to get their free education (and actually be forced to complete it), and will receive some compensation during their 4 college years.
I'm sure there are a lot flaws in this plan, but off the top, I think if done correctly, it could leave all parties content considering the alternatives. The NCAA would probably hate it, but I think their downfall is inevitable, and they need to sacrifice something to stay afloat.
A wise man told me don't argue with fools
‘Cause people from a distance can't tell who is who