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    Quote Originally Posted by Some guy View Post
    Will be easy.
    Since the ncaa is such a bad deal for players, everyone will want to do it.
    Since the players are what bring revenue, not the institutions, all that money will flow right to them.
    Like the deep sarcasm...and spot on point.

    That said, if the minor league works financially (big if), then good for them.


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    If college athletes are going to be paid, basketball is the sport for it because of the popularity relative to the roster size. It's a lot easier to pay a basketball team than a football team. It's also much less of a risk for the players than football since there isn't the potential for the league to stop after 1 season and then be stuck with 2 seasons where you can't play in the NCAA or NBA.

    I don't see this working well. Of the people who watch March Madness, what percentage know the players well and what percentage either just know the teams or are just watching it because it is popular? I'd guess 95% of people watch at least one game where they can't name a player on either team. There will always be some people who want to watch the top talent who will watch this league if they recruit the right names but the average college basketball fan is loyal to their school and doesn't really care about that.

    If they want this to work they'll have to do nearly everything well. That includes recruiting, marketing, finances, investor selection, city selection, etc. If they mess up even one or two of those, I doubt the league will be successful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Some guy View Post
    Will be easy.
    Since the ncaa is such a bad deal for players, everyone will want to do it.
    Since the players are what bring revenue, not the institutions, all that money will flow right to them.
    I don't think you understand the way the world works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpodoll68 View Post
    Why are you only looking at the revenue side? Why aren't you looking at the expense side? It is enormously expensive to run a major Division I athletics program. I imagine you'd be living quite comfortably if you had no mortgage, food, clothing, car, utilities, entertainment, etc., etc., etc. to pay for. Unfortunately, you have to pay those bills and so do universities.



    It's not an excuse, it's the law.
    Some laws are bad, like that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_Loblaw View Post
    I don't think you understand the way the world works.
    I don’t think you understand what fascism is

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ope3 View Post
    At some point the current model will change, it just has to. Universities crying poor when they are taking in over $100 million in revenue just won't cut it. Minnesota is paying over $4 million in coaches salary to the coaches, somehow there has to be a way to pay more than scholarship, room & board & stipend to revenue sport "Student" Athletes.

    I don't know if it will be via court case, other league competition or because it's just the right thing to do, but it will change. The excuse that they have to fund non-revenue sports to me is just that, an excuse.
    I guess they could not fund non-revenue sports and deprive thousands of kids of educational opportunities. Strange how different people view what is "just the right thing to do."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_Loblaw View Post
    I don't think you understand the way the world works.
    The world can be as confusing as sarcasm is.

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    Most people greatly oversimplify the whole situation. College basketball took decades to develop the rivalries, the fan bases, the organization and the tournament.

    The players don’t have the appeal without the schools and the schools don’t have a team without the players. Fans align themselves with the schools and they support the school (attend games, buy sports gear, etc...) as the players change.

    The stipend has really improved things for the players by giving them some pocket money.

    Many careers take advantage of younger people that are working their way into the “Big Time”. Tradesmen have to serve as apprentices, doctors have to do residences, PhD’s have to do postdocs, etc. It isn’t unique to just college athletics that you need to earn your way. All most all college athletes will have to work in another field outside of their sport and they are given the opportunity to get a college degree to help in that effort.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alchemy2u View Post
    Most people greatly oversimplify the whole situation. College basketball took decades to develop the rivalries, the fan bases, the organization and the tournament.

    The players don’t have the appeal without the schools and the schools don’t have a team without the players. Fans align themselves with the schools and they support the school (attend games, buy sports gear, etc...) as the players change.

    The stipend has really improved things for the players by giving them some pocket money.

    Many careers take advantage of younger people that are working their way into the “Big Time”. Tradesmen have to serve as apprentices, doctors have to do residences, PhD’s have to do postdocs, etc. It isn’t unique to just college athletics that you need to earn your way. All most all college athletes will have to work in another field outside of their sport and they are given the opportunity to get a college degree to help in that effort.


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    Well said.

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