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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Early deadline for declaring for NBA Draft is classic example of NCAA's hypocrisy

The NCAA rule requiring players to make a decision about entering the NBA Draft by May 8 is another example of the NCAA ruling with an iron fist and not caring about what is best for the so-called ‘student athlete.’

Demanding players make a decision by May 8 does not give them a fair amount of time to determine their draft status.

Players can’t work out for a team until the early-entrant candidate list is completed, which was just a week before May 8 this year. Making matters worse, a player can’t miss class to go to a workout, limiting players even further.

The don't miss class rule is a classic example of the NCAA’s hypocrisy. The NCAA doesn’t mind if players miss class for games they make money off, but don’t miss class for anything they aren’t profiting off of.

The NBA gives players until June 14, which may be a little too long for college programs to have to wait for a player to make a decision. But deciding by May 8 is the extreme opposite.

The players that declare for the draft and decide to come back haven’t really hurt anybody.

The real losers are going to be the players that stay in the draft without knowing their true draft status. A total of 51 early-entrant players stayed in the NBA Draft. Since only 60 players are drafted, odds are many of those 51 players won’t hear their named called on draft day. Where they go from there who knows.

If they had a little more time to be evaluated and attend the pre-draft camp in Chicago then they could make an educated decision.

The May 8 deadline gives them no time to gather information and as a result many players are likely making bad decisions based on bad advice.

A proper solution would be meeting somewhere in the middle. A June 1 deadline would be a good compromise. But of course the NCAA will likely keep its rule in place because let’s be honest the NCAA only looks out for itself.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are so right. The student athlete in our society is an indentured servant with no power. The college coaches (NCAA)are slaveholders who are unopposed in making decisions in their own self-interest. They already garner bonuses and gate receipts that are exploitative in comparison to what the athletes receive. Graduate students have collective bargaining. In the NBA, there is a player's association. No one represents the student athletes and their families. Thank you for calling attention to this shameful situation.

May 16, 2010 at 10:20 PM 

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