This week the new commissioner of the NBA came alarmingly close to an honest statement about the nature of big-time NCAA sports.
We've been covering The Most Corrupt Nonprofit in America (that isn’t the Catholic Church)®, and it seems that every week there is a new outrage to report.
For instance, did you know that an NCAA athletic scholarship, that great charitable benefit that enables impoverished minority youth to get a college education, actually leaves the players in a four thousand dollar hole every year? Well, it's true.
Fortunately, the NCAA workers have a friend in the NBA. The new commissioner announced he was ready to start paying NCAA basketball players, at least to the extent of making up the gap. http://www.npr.org/2014/04/11/301882609/nba-commish-wades-into-debate-over-paying-college-players
Of course, there is a quid pro quo. The offer is contingent on a rule change keeping college basketball players out of the league for two years after their high school graduation, instead of the present “one and done” policy. Apparently they are finding that nineteen-year-olds, even talented ones, aren't good enough and tough enough to play in the NBA, so they'd like them to stay in the NCAA for more
educational progress seasoning.
Yes, Adam Silver has come close to admitting that NCAA basketball is nothing more than an unpaid minor league for the NBA.
Once again, no apparent awareness of the hypocrisy comes from the NCAA or NBA.