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