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Just Not Enough: How the NCAA is still getting over

Last month, the NCAA appointed Commission on College Basketball proposed sweeping changes to current NCAA policies in response to the FBI’s investigation into mass corruption in college basketball recruiting.

The Commission, which is lead by Condeleezza Rice, took six months to comprise a 60-page report Wednesday that broke down issue in the sport. An excerpt from the report said the following in regards to the current state of college basketball.

“It is the overwhelming assessment of the commission that the state of men’s college basketball is deeply troubled. The levels of corruption and deception are now at a point that they threaten the very survival of the college game as we know it.”

As a result of their findings, the commission recommended 5 changed they felt should be enacted immediately.

1.   End one-and-done rule

The one-and-done rule is pointless, and everyone involved with it knows. It serves no purpose for a player to spend one year in school, which is really one semester. Most one-and done players withdraw from class during second semester to focus on basketball anyway, so to mandate that they delay their professional careers despite being 18 is unfair and un-American.

While many focused on the end of the one-and-done rule, there was one part of their recommendation that should have garnered more attention than it did.

Since the one-and-done rule was created by the NBA, the commission suggested that if the NBA/NBAPA refuses to change the rule that freshman ineligibility will be recommended to the NCAA.

This would basically force players to stay in school at least two years.

2.   Allow undrafted underclassmen to return

Any player who was not selected in the draft and decides against pursuing a career overseas right should be allowed to retain his eligibility and turn to college basketball. 

3.   Allow Agents

This would be a 180 from the current rule, which bans players from any contact with agents before declaring for the NBA draft. The goal of this rule change would be to eliminate some of the corruption found in the FBI’s report by streamlining the certification process, thus allowing the NCAA to ensure players are talking to certified agents and not being misled.

4.   Increase Penalties

This is a scare tactic the commission believes will deter coaches/schools from cheating in the future. A five-year postseason ban as well as possible loss of revenue sharing are a few highlights of the increase, but as long as this remains a billion dollar business, there will be someone willing to bend the rules.

5.   Combat shoe company corruption with summer league of their own

The AAU circuit is currently ran by the three major show companies, and many have accused the three of using their money and influence to lure players to sign with their brands.

In order to stop this, the commission suggested that the NCAA team with the NBA and USA Basketball to develop a summer program of their own. 

While the changes would be much appreciated, they don’t address the real issue with the relationship between the NCAA and its athletes.

Profits keep rising, and the people earning the profits are being shut out of the spoils. 

According to Athletic Director University, D-1 Athletic Directors salaries are now averaging more than $500,000, with AD’s at power 5 conferences (and Notre Dame) pull in over $1 million annually. 

Schools make millions, coaches make millions, Athletic Directors make millions, but if a player gets one two many meals he can be considered ineligible. 

In 2013, the National College Players Association and Drexel University released a study to determine how much college athletes would be worth in an open market. The study borrowed revenue sharing models from the NBA & NFL to calculate the value of collegiate athletes in the respective sports. 

The results were quite shocking. According to the study, the average FBS football player is worth $137,357, while the average men’s basketball player is $289,031 per year.

When this study was conducted, the average player earned $23,031 in scholarship money. 

The days of rationalizing this unfair treatment by suggesting a college education is some mystical accomplishment that you can’t put a dollar amount on. If that was the case, Navient wouldn’t call me three times a week (I don’t have it bro).

I'm not advocating for players to be paid millions, or even game checks. What I am suggesting is a system that creates an account for each player that can be cashed out once a players career is over.

Another solution would be to give players control of their image and likeness in order to earn money. Marquee athletes should be given the same opportunities to make money off their hard work that the Universities have.

And what will the NCAA do about athletes in non-revenue sports who feel like they should be paid too? 

Tell them they played the wrong sport.

Tear it all down: why the NBA should eliminate the Draft Lottery

Last week, NBA commissioner Adam Silver fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 for what was labeled as making public comments deemed detrimental to the league.

While appearing on NBA legend Julius Irving’s podcast “House Calls with Dr. J”, Cuban acknowledged something that many have always known; some teams lose on purpose.

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“I’m probably not supposed to say this,” Cuban said, “but, like, I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night, and here we are, you know, we weren’t competing for the playoffs. I was like, ‘Look, losing is our best option.’”

Cuban tried to justify his position, but the damage was already done.

“Adam would hate hearing that, but I at least sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans were going to be this summer, that we’re not going to tank again. This was, like, a year-and-a-half tanking, and that was too brutal for me. “

Despite his attempt to walk back his admission, the league office still fined Cuban and issued a stern warning to all teams suspected of tanking;

“The latter (tanking) – which we have not found and hope to never see in the NBA – has no place in our game. If we ever received evidence that players or coaches were attempting to lose or otherwise taking steps to cause any game to result otherwise than on its competitive merits, that conduct would be met with the swiftest and harshest response possible from the league office.”

Bullshit.

Zack Rosenblatt | For NJ Advance Media

Zack Rosenblatt | For NJ Advance Media

While talk of tanking may have reached an all-time high due to the Philadelphia 76ers and there call to “Trust the Process”, this is not the first time teams have been accused of intentionally losing in order to strengthen their draft position. In fact, the only reason the lottery was introduced in 1985 was to prevent teams from tanking in order to gain the number one pick.

Despite these latest tweaks to the lottery (now the worst three teams will have equal odds at the number one pick), team with no shot at a championship will still tank and take their chances with the draft. With that being said, there is really only one way to end tanking, and it doesn’t involve manipulating percentages or fining teams for losing games;

Completely eliminate the draft lottery.

When you think about it, the draft lottery is a lot like government assistance for wealthy team owners. Your team struggles all year, whether voluntarily or otherwise, and as a result you’re rewarded with the opportunity to add top young talent at a discounted rate.

The new system would do away with the weighted lottery system, and instead each NBA team would be granted an equal opportunity to land the number one pick.

So if the drawing is held and the final selection just so happens to be the San Antonio Spurs, then the Spurs would select first in the draft, no questions asked.

Now some may see this as a fast track to ruining the competitive balance of a league that is already completely out of whack, but a system like this would actually help to spread talent around the league in a few different ways.

Now, instead of your young talent being forced to play for a losing franchise during years that are pivotal to their development, players would be placed into an environment that will increase their chances of being successful.

While others will argue that this simply allows good teams to stack their rosters, this is a shortsighted way of viewing things.

The ability to add quality young talent to a playoff team would actually create some interesting scenarios come contract time. Despite the recent influx of cash from the new TV deal, teams owners have shown us time and time again that paying the NBA’s luxury tax is to be avoided if possible.

Choosing between young players on a team friendly deal may lead to some veterans being forced to chase their big payday somewhere else. General managers would now have the option of keeping a young player as opposed to paying a guy who may be trending down during the second half of his contract.

Instead of focusing on the impact this may have on the top and bottom tier teams, the biggest impact could be seen with teams stuck in the middle. Imagine a draft where teams like Washington, Miami, Portland, New Orleans and Denver comprised the top 5.

Each of these teams has made the playoffs in recent years, but none have enough firepower to dethrone the best teams in their conference. The opportunity to add elite young talent would help these franchises immensely, as well as inject new energy into teams that may be stagnant.

Instead of incentivizing futility, lets really put the pressure on owners, scouts and player personnel to use their resources to find the best talent available.

No more handouts.