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Re: Louisville's Rick Pitino tells staff he expects to lose his job
« Reply #30 on: September 28, 2017, 10:34:20 AM »

Offline Bobshot

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The Rickster is no more or less guilty of illegal recruiting than a lot of other coaches in the basketball schools. Guys who are making 7 figures to coach their teams into all that playoff money provided by TV. The big incentive for the universities--the real culprit.

Where there's big money, there's corruption, and the TV money in sports is humungous. It's why pro athletes make millions. So some ask why shouldn't college athletes get a piece of the pie? Indeed, they tried, in terms of getting paid by the schools their fair share, but the courts have stymied them so far. It hasn't stopped the big schools, however, from using their TV treasure to bait kids out of high school.

So what's the solution? Well, they could drop our TV cable bills and turn the spigot down to a trickle. Won't happen--that would make a lot of very rich people poor. Or they could pay the college players a fairer share--which might be possible. One thing that must be stopped is paying off high school kids in the recruiting process. Tougher than you think when you consider all that TV money sloshing around.

Re: Louisville's Rick Pitino tells staff he expects to lose his job
« Reply #31 on: September 28, 2017, 11:00:46 AM »

Offline jambr380

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Ughhh, more of this stuff. Pitino is no saint, but it's not like he killed anybody and the pressure has got to be through the roof.

Almost every team now has a G-League affiliate (get with it Nuggets, Pelicans, and Blazers!!). At some point, these top recruits should just be drafted out of high school and skip the college process altogether. This won't cancel college basketball, but it should alleviate some of the pressure to get the best players in the country to come to your school. It would, however, bring down revenue, but that seems reasonable given the current climate.

Even if players drafted out of high school aren't allowed to play for the parent club for a year (current rule), they can still begin to develop within their current team's coaching structure. An added bonus would be that the G-League would become more of a draw and player salaries may even reach a semi-livable level.
« Last Edit: September 28, 2017, 12:02:55 PM by jambr380 »

Re: Louisville's Rick Pitino tells staff he expects to lose his job
« Reply #32 on: September 28, 2017, 11:33:53 AM »

Offline Kuberski33

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It would make a lot more sense for every NBA team to have a minor league affiliate that they own and set up their own 'academy' system much like soccer does around the world.  Unfortunately that costs money and the NBA - like the NFL - wants its cheap labor development system that is college hoops.

The thing is the college game right now is nothing like the NBA and the top talent stays a year and leaves.  So a different development system makes sense.  But its hard to beat free so unless the Justice Dept can totally shut down Div 1 college hoops and cancel the tournament - the corruption will continue.