Saturday, April 19, 2014

NBA changes could have a huge impact on the NCAA

From where I sit it looks like the NBA is thinking about a big change...


Sure, it's just one year, but one year will make a big difference to a lot of people. To begin with NBA teams will be more time to check out the kids, and yes, these are kids. Let's face it, the Cavs might want a mulligan on Anthony Bennett. The first ever Canadian first over-all pick has set mighty low targets for whoever the Bucks pick first this year. But there are lots of other direct and residual impacts from prospects getting another year in college. The obvious winners are the schools and NCAA. Naturally they would love to have another year from Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins. However, another year in school will have an impact on the pressure to create unions for the students. Not necessarily the kind of impact the NCAA wants. Another year for players means even bigger money from stars staying an extra year. The more money flowing into the NCAA and member schools, the greater the likelihood athletes will raise pressure to get a cut of the pie. It's a fight that's coming, and a simple change of one year of eligibility will send us closer to the inevitable clash.

At least that's how I see it and I sit in the cheap seats.

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