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Is a 3-year collegiate rule on the horizon?

Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:00 am
By Matt Moore

Rutgers men's college basketball head coach, Mike Rice, posted on Twitter Thursday morning that he's "hearing" that "NBA owners want to adopt same rule as NFL. Players will have to wait 3 yrs(sic) to enter the draft."

It's the first we've heard of such a proposal in the CBA talks, though an adjustment to the age rule has been discussed. Moving to three years would radically change the landscape of the NBA, shortening career spans, damaging the ability to develop raw talent, and limiting the effectiveness of the D-League. It would also allow college to weed out bust players and take the burden of development off NBA clubs. It's also an idea that the players union would likely hate, but might be willing to compromise on to get a few extra Bucks out of BRI. 

The debate on how long to keep players in college is always going to be a tense one. It touches on the question of limiting a person's earning potential, protecting the college game and pro investments, and of course, the always sensitive subject of the exploitation of athletes by the NCAA. Rice, being a member of a profession that would be greatly helped by getting their talented players locked in for three years, isn't an objective source, by any means, but the whisper in the wind is certainly enough to perk up an ear. More and more it seems likely that after this new CBA is finally agreed upon, the NBA won't look anything like it has in recent history.  

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 11:02 am

Is a 3-year collegiate rule on the horizon?

it would help both College and the NBA. Drafts would be littered with some higher quality guys since they would be much more polished. you would have fewer busts.

Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:33 am

Is a 3-year collegiate rule on the horizon?

this would be great because it would send kentucky and calipari basketball down the tubes, the only thing that gets him his recruits is how fast he sends people to the league and he wouldnt have that anymore. Barely any of the elite talents would even consider going there unless they grew up near the college.

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: August 15, 2011 8:40 am

Is a 3-year collegiate rule on the horizon?

The NFL has won law suites dealing with this very deal.  No court will touch the leagues age requirement rules, especially if it is part of the CBA.  If both sides agree to this then it is hard for the court to get involved.  If individuals file their own lawsuits theen they would be challenging the very union that they would one day be a member.  The only way this could fully be challenged is if federal legislation were to get involved, and no congressman would dare get involved.  When was the last time equal opurtunity was available in professional sports.  If you are past on in the initial draft it is very hard to get into the league, and once you leave it is hard to return.  There are dozens of talented players (Rashad McCants) that will never return to the NBA due to other situations.  Rashad could sue the NBA saying he suffers from mental disorders anf the NBA won't hire him because of them. 

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 10:39 pm

Is a 3-year collegiate rule on the horizon?

Something that should have happened years ago and the best thing that could have happened to inner city kids. Now kids will be forced to actually work on their academics in high school. No longer will they be tempted by the one and done dream of big money. Too many kids think the quick dollar from teh NBA is their way out and the majority end up right back on the streets after the dream turns to a nightmare and they have no education to fall back on.

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 12:00 pm

Is a 3-year collegiate rule on the horizon?

I get that but what about he EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)? It's basic discrimination.  I assume all the league owners have approved the measures because they agreed on certain solutions to what you've mentioned.  At it's root it seems pretty crazy.  Not very free market.  Also, segregation ended because of challenges to 'Private' rights.  Discrimination is outside the 'integrity' of doing business and therefore subject to scrutiny. 

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:16 am

It is not unconstitutional...

The NFL rule is not unconstitutional because the NFL is a private league and can decide the rules under which their players must adhere to be members.  The players have other options (college, CFL) to go and play if they do not qualify in to play in the NFL.  Basketball players have even more options.  The main reason this rule is in play is to extend the careers of current players.  If they let 18 year olds in the NFL then the shelf life of some positions (ie running back) would significantly shrink.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 13, 2011 8:57 pm

Sounds great to me

Kids used to learn fundamentals in the NCAA and get to the NBA prepared.  Now, kids are coming in with raw skills but not enough refinement.  That is why the NBA is so boring right now.  It also makes the NCAA boring at times becuase it compromises the quality of their product.  
It benefits the kids because they get some college.  It benefits the NCAA because they get more players turning themselves into "brands" while in school.  And it benefits the NBA because they get better players, and they don't have to waste money on "potential."  So, really, everybody would win here.
The only people who would lose is THE Ohio State University.  Their program would be toast without a bunch of one-and-dones. 

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: August 13, 2011 12:10 pm

Is a 3-year collegiate rule on the horizon?

I want to know how this idea and the actual rules in play for football aren't considered unconstitutional?  Seems like it should be a basic case of prejudice.  Am I wrong here?  I'm not buying the 'protecting young athletes' argument and even if they were being altruistic prejudice is prejudice. 

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: August 13, 2011 10:50 am

Is a 3-year collegiate rule on the horizon?

I hope so! The NBA is littered with should-have-beens and could-have -beens. I also think if a player goes pro early, they should have to pay the university for the full four year scholarship. That would be a drop in the bucket when they are making millions. As a fan, it would be nice to know your favorite school's roster every year, instead of having to start over and refamiliarize yourself with the team. As a fellow American citizen, I think everyone should have the right to earn a living at any age. As a businessman, I feel raising the age limit will be good for basketball at all levels. High school players won't be so distracted by the millions and the agents won't be in such a hurry to swoop in like predators. At the college level, players will have more time to develop mentally and phisically. At the pro level, the product will be much more refined, instead of watered down. In any walk of life, people usually waste "fast" money but appreciate it more if its worked for by proving your worth instead of going on potential. In business, would you rather rely on potential or a proven commodity?

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: August 12, 2011 9:24 pm

Is a 3-year collegiate rule on the horizon?

agree with this 250%, Some of these players that come out after there freshman year are not that good and have to ride the bench for 2 to 3 years before they have a chance to play a game. Only time you would see these guys come off the bench and play is if one of the players got injuried or was out for the season with some kind of major injury.
and besides Colleges are losing money when these player want to skip there rest of there college years to go pro. Colleges are losing millions because these players that leave think there actually good but there not

Josh Selby Xaiver Henry, Does those 2 players sound fimaiir, Those 2 players suck when they was at Kansas. They still needed alot of help to become better,

Look at the Morris Twins best in college basketball. Wish they stayed 1 more season to help Kansas 


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