Brady's Agent, Ed McCaffrey start new pro D-league for FB
by NWEndzone (2017-01-11 17:27:33)
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SIAP. Will be interesting to see if this takes off and how it affects college football:

Will the "amateur student-athlete" regain a meaningful place in major programs as athletes who couldn't care less about education take the fast (paid) track to the NFL-or-bust? Seems like a logical evolution from the IMG Academy-type "high schools".


There's a lot to like here.
by wbroder1  (2017-01-12 09:34:35)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

1. I've wondered, for a while now, what happens to the player who has talent, but simply can't succeed in the classroom? Or can succeed in football if they make training a full time job. They exist, and basically cheat or get improper benefits to make it. This provides those players an alternative.

2. If it survives, it does provide a route for kids that truly need money for their talents ASAP.

3. It gives the NCAA/colleges a chance to restore the student athlete to it's actual definition.

4. I'd love to see football in July or August.

But there are difficult questions, too:
1. Will it fill with NFL washouts looking for their way back in, "almost-made-its" looking for someplace to develop their talents, and career minor leaguers? Those athletes will be more physically ready for football as a full-time job and may make the development of high school athletes (it's implied primary goal) more difficult. Football has different physical demands than baseball.

2. Will enough talented kids forego the spotlight of major college football to make the product on the field good enough to watch and make a profit? This especially applies in the early years of the league. If the initial investment runs out before it catches on, it dies.

3. What will the NFL think? If the NFL scouts don't respect the quality of the player development, or the NFL decides not to consider the players developing there, it's dead before it starts. Takes a big paycheck to lure the best up and coming talent developers away from the colleges and lower level assistant jobs in the NFL.

*Edited for grammar.


Regarding your first question, it appears that rosters will
by HennaOrNo  (2017-01-12 12:55:44)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

be limited to players that are within 4 years of graduating high school. So it's targeted for your developing players as an alternate to college.

In baseball terms, this might be a Single A division rather than veteran Triple A players.

Regarding your third - it seems that the league is entirely designed to meet the development needs of the NFL (no spread, teaching quarterbacks how to operate under Center, running proper routes, teaching basic pro-style schemes) and admitting that it might not be the most interesting football to watch.

Wetzel's column provides a pretty good explanation.


I imagine schools like Bama and OSU are already plotting...
by BeastOfBourbon  (2017-01-11 22:25:10)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

their next moves to counter any potential threat to their empires. If this venture proves to be viable, and more significantly, expandable, it might suddenly become much more of a "forward thinking" thing for the rich elite programs to reconsider things like expanded player stipends, outright play-for-pay scenarios, and even acceptance of player labor unions. In any case, you can bet they'll be ready to act decisively to fight off any significant drains on their lifeblood of talent and revenues.

And rest assured, as far as Notre Dame's interests are concerned, Savvy Jack will continue to monitor the landscape.


I think it will be the coaches who will be most impacted
by Old Fogey  (2017-01-12 12:48:26)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Alabama is still going to sell out regardless if they are 10 - 2 with NFL caliber talent or 10 - 2 with sub NFL talent. It is the coaches that will be impacted, as those whose coaching success depends upon getting the kids that only want to play in the NFL into their program, education be damned, that will now have to compete with this new league.


Good idea- college isn't for everyone
by garbageplate  (2017-01-11 17:51:37)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

And college football should not be the sole avenue to a professional career.


hope it works out; best of luck to them
by jt  (2017-01-11 17:44:34)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

if nothing else hopefully it can spur some changes in the NCAA.


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