Show Me the Money

It seems as long as I can remember there has been cheating in college sports. The real problem this so called cheating isn’t PEDs, illegal videotaping of other teams practice or a team paying off a referee even if cash seems to always be involved. No, it seems that cheating is paying, giving and sometimes protecting the athlete I mean the student athlete.

The number one issue in college sports is money and what the student athlete is able to have any of it. I ask why? Why can’t we come up with a plan to allow the most gifted athletes to get money and still enjoy college? I get the objection from most people that if the college is using money to pay for a student athlete to attend a college in the form of tuition, housing and food. I state the idea of where the money comes form does not have to be from the college. How you ask? Simple by having the professional leagues do it, but maybe not the way you’re thinking.
I see a future were all high school students can be drafted after or during their senior year. Yes if the athlete is good enough that a team wishes to draft them they can. Instead of them reporting to the team to play pro ball the next year the team will send them to college. If this sound like a horrible idea… why? Because I don’t think so, I think that it could solve both the pro-level issues with investing a ton of money on unproven talent. It also allows for collages to have a better idea of who long they will have a talented player. Most importantly it could be a way to show a student athlete how to handle money before they see the truly astronomical amounts that the best pros receive. It all starts with pro teams drafting and stashing high school players. A lot of talented European players already get this treatment in the NBA. All MLB players get stashed in some sort of way, rarely does on go straight to the MLB.

High school drafted players

  • Would be allowed to back out of any promises they have made to attend a college. Especially if the team that drafted them would prefer them to play somewhere else.
  • The professional team will pay the players tuition while the student athlete attends college.
  • The professional team will also pay the player a set amount while in college and their first 2 years after enter the professional league.
  • After 2 years in college the team can request the player come up to the professional level. A student athlete can always stay in college if they prefer, but once they decide to stay they cannot demand to go pro until after they complete their senior year. The pro team can however can ask again after the student athlete’s junior year.
  • After 3 years if the student athlete has not been called up by the team, they can ask to be traded to another pro team or be released to re-enter the draft. This is if the pro team that drafted them did not ask the player to come up after their sophomore or junior year. If the team asked the student athlete to come up and they said no they lose this option.
  • This alone would kill most arguments of student athletes being good enough to be paid. If they are not drafted it is because no pro team felt that they were good enough. That ends most issues right there, but what if they are a late bloomer. After their sophomore year they can enter the pro draft regardless of the sport; the team can still tell the player to play one more year in college. These contracts would be modified for a student only to play one season in college. Also at any time the student athlete can sign with an agent.
  • Student athletes can also be signed by an agent
  • Agents are free to seek deals for the student athletes the contract can be whatever the open market is willing to pay.
  • Colleges will not be able to demand student athletes to make public appearances of a student athlete if they have a paid event to attend scheduled by an agent.

These changes would make it a little more difficult on colleges, it does however make it so the student athletes can make money without the colleges having to pay them. I know this idea seems insane, I say it is the best answer to right now and everyone gets what they wants. The truth of the matter is pro level teams do not want to invest tens of millions of dollars to kids that have only proven their potential in high school. This allows the players to prove themselves against the best at a higher stage. I realize that the argument that this system would make collages a minor league is true. The alternative is the colleges playing the players, but then how do you decide who gets paid and who doesn’t? In this plan the people who already evaluate who deserve getting paid will decide.

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