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Cuban Spouts Off Against "Hypocritical" NCAA Rules, Wants More Emphasis Put On D-League
Published March 3, 2014
THE 'OL COLLEGE TRY: SPORTS ON EARTH's Colin McGowan writes, "Who knows if Cuban’s D-League proposal will ever formalize, but one imagines it would be difficult to get the majority of NBA owners to sign off on it precisely because they don’t think like him: It’s hard to sell myopic rich guys on something that will cost a hefty amount of money but doesn’t obviously positively impact their bottom line." But while the NBA "might take some minor steps to make the D-League a more hospitable place for good young players who don’t want to or can’t go to college, it’s hard to see it overhauling its minor league." Especially since the NCAA is a "decent enough training ground for which the NBA pays nothing." (SPORTSONEARTH.com, 3/3). SPORTING NEWS' Mike DeCourcy writes the age limit of 19 instituted for the '07 draft "is not an NCAA rule," but one the NBA "negotiated" with the NBPA. It is "Cuban's rule, whether he wants to own it or not." Cuban "did not address the fact that many personnel executives in his league encourage players who clearly are not prepared for pro ball to enter the draft merely so they can gamble a late-first round pick on them." What Cuban "neglects ... is the marketing job [colleges] have done on behalf of the league, turning barely-known high school basketball players into household names" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 3/3).