Big Ten commissioner suggests letting players bypass college, go straight to the NFL
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B1G Commissioner Jim Delaney would rather see kids die than get a few dollars in college

9/26/13 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Blog Photo - Big Ten commissioner suggests letting players bypass college, go straight to the NFLThe latest outrageous suggestion for how to fix the problem of college football and basketball players getting compensated, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney has won the "dumbest idea ever" competition.
 
"Maybe in football and basketball, it would work better if more kids had a chance to go directly into the professional ranks. If they're not comfortable and want to monetize, let the minor leagues flourish. Train at IMG, get agents to invest in your body, get agents to invest in your likeness and establish it on your own. But don't come here and say, 'We want to be paid $25,000 or $50,000.' Go to the D-League and get it, go to the NBA and get it, go to the NFL and get it. Don't ask us what we've been doing."

Delaney wants players to go straight from high school to the NFL?

They'd die.

NFL players are way bigger, way stronger, and way faster than college players. The gap between college and high school might be even bigger. And the NFL doesn't really have a minor league, unless you consider the NCAA as their version of that.

The real solution here is simple, and I've said it before.

Schools don't need to pay the athletes. They're already giving them scholarships, room and board, food, and other necessities. But at least let the kids make money on their own, if they so choose. There's no reason the NCAA needs to keep such close tabs on their wallets. Frankly, it's a capitalist society, and if anyone wants to give them a few bucks for autographs, endorsements, or whatever else, why not let them do it?
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9/26/13   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
The death statement is harsh..

It is. But what do you think would happen if players went straight from high school to the NFL?

They'd get absolutely destroyed. Point blank, I honestly believe a death could occur on the field if that were to happen.

9/26/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

The death statement is harsh..