NBA’s proposal would leave only NFL with draft waiting period

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Tennis players, track athletes, golfers, hockey players and baseball players all can turn pro right out of high school. Basketball players have to wait until they turn 19, and the NFL requires a three-year waiting period.

The NBA, though, has submitted a proposal to its players union to lower the draft age from 19 to 18, Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports. It is the first step in formal negotiations to allow NBA teams again to draft players out of high school by the 2022 draft.

Among the major sports, that would leave only the NFL with a rule preventing high school players from turning pro. Major League Baseball and the NHL both allow athletes to bypass college.

The upstart XFL, though, could change the landscape when it begins play in 2020. XFL commissioner Oliver Luck has said on multiple occasions he won’t rule out allowing players to join his league before they have spent three years in college.

That could allow a player like Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence an option to get paid before the NFL would allow him to get paid. Lawrence can’t play in the NFL until at least 2021.

26 responses to “NBA’s proposal would leave only NFL with draft waiting period

  1. Trevor Lawrence became a star BECAUSE he played in the NCAA for Clemson. Guaranteed if he played in the XFL in front of 3,000 fans no one will know remember his name enough to even make the first three rounds of the draft. People are conveniently ignoring the built in hype machine from the NCAA that creates the “stars”. If he leaves Clemson early to get “paid”, they’ll just find another QB to hype as the next big thing.

  2. Part of me says they should allow kids to turn pro out of high school. However, I’m not sure that’s good for most of those kids who would do that. When the NBA allowed kids to enter the draft out of high school, about half of those who declared went undrafted. I think these rules are aimed at protecting the kids. However, there are a number of guys every year who can go straight to the NBA from high school. Zion Williamson falls under that.

    The NFL is a different animal. I’m not sure it’s a good idea to let enter the NFL draft straight out of high school. The physicality is just so much different. Maybe some can do it but I’d say that number is MUCH smaller than those who can go from high school to the NBA. Maybe they’d be more suited for one of the other leagues but I do think it’s important for them to go to college if nothing more than to physically mature. There’s a big difference between being 18 and being 21 or 22. They get bigger and stronger. I couldn’t imagine going from high school to the NFL. Most of these guys are the most talented kid on the field in all their games. That wouldn’t be the case in the NFL and if they don’t have that college experience and physical maturity I think their career would be much different than had they had gone to college for a few years. Maybe they should consider cutting it back to two years removed from high school but I don’t think less than that is a good idea.

  3. Maybe, just maybe the NFL is a much harder sport on players bodies. Probably best to wait until they are a bit more developed physically and mentally and ready for the pounding of pro the NFL.

  4. Has anyone bothered to ask why in the 80’s and 90’s rookies in the NBA were instant superstars who would literally transform 10-15 different teams, yet for the past 20 years the NBA Draft has been as significant as baseball’s draft. Are you under the delusion this is because today’s players “aren’t as good?” baloney …

    the answer is quite simple, 20 years ago, the NBA removed their college restrictions allowing kids to be drafted after FRESHMEN YEAR, thus preventing college players from becoming superstars in the NCAA. guys like Shaquille o’neal, larry bird, magic johnson, chris webber, glenn robinson, alonzo mourning, larry johnson, all put in 3 years of college team and were perfectly ripe for the NBA draft.

    NBA should not be lowering the minimum age they should be RAISING it. #greed

  5. Imagine some of these guys that come out of high school at 210 pounds and then working up to 250+ in college getting instead thrown into the human meat grinder known as the NFL, winding up out of the league before they are even 21.

  6. if a kid thinks he is ready, then let him enter the draft. the teams will decide if he is ready to be drafted or not, or ready to play or not. it should be the kid’s decision to enter or not.

    you’re all telling me you don’t think Trevor Lawrence is ready to play pro, because he ‘isn’t big enough’ yet? give me a break. the dude is as big if not bigger than many QBs in the league already.

    and most importantly, he would be the #1 pick right now, and it wouldn’t be close. the other QBs coming out right now would be seen as scraps compared to TL. THAT IS THE ENTIRE POINT. there are MANY nfl teams that would take TL RIGHT NOW. In fact, they would trade up like crazy to take him. if he wants to go pro right now, then he should be allowed to have that decision, rather than being forced into 2 more years of NCAA play.

  7. The league would have to change the pay scales. Teams will be drafting players to prepare them for play in two maybe three years at which point the rookie contract is up.

  8. It’s a bad idea, plain and simple. What are we seeing from these one and done stars the NBA is sending us. Great athletes who need a MINIMUM of 3 or 4 years to develop before they reach stardom. Everyone wonders at the Greek Freak. An overnight success FIVE years in the making.

    So in the end the team that drafts these players, develop them and just when they hope they can reap the benefits of that development, they leave to form some “super team”. That’s great news if you are in LA, NY or Miami. But in the end fans of the OTHER 25 or 26 teams are going to eventually lose interest when only one or 2 teams are competitive. Dropping it another year is making a bad situation worse.

    Same for football. It seems to me that this is a campaign to destroy a system that WORKS for 99% of that athletes involved. Could Trevor Laurence benefit if he could leave school earlier. Perhaps. Same for ZWilliamson. But these are 2 guys among thousands of college athletes playing football and basketball.

  9. Lawrence is not ready for the NFL yet. Anyone who knows football understands why the waiting period is critical. Guarantee year 1 that a high school graduate is allowed to play in NFL there is a major injury because physically won’t be ready. Encourage them to get their education so they can be ready for LIFE

  10. Not that I follow the NBA , but with all this potential talent coming out at 18, should there be more NBA teams ? I think each NBA roster has 11 players.

  11. Oliver Luck is a highly intelligent man. He was a Rhodes scholar. His son, Andrew Luck, would have been the number one overall pick in the draft following his 3rd year at Stanford, but Andrew returned to Stanford for a fourth year. I would think Oliver had a lot to say in that decision, considering he was a Rhodes scholar. So he obviously thinks it’s beneficial for his own son to get a college degree. That’s almost sickening when I read what he’s planning for our sons. I won’t watch one minute of this crap.

  12. You present this potential change in the NBA as an argument for lowering the draft age eligibility for the NFL, but you forget that the NBA raised its draft age requirements FOR GOOD REASON. While a handful of players have their inevitable successful NBA seasons delayed by just a year (and I don’t believe any have had their careers “ruined” by having to wait), back when the draft age was lower there were MANY draftees out of high school who likely failed to develop because they were drafted before they were ready for the NBA. Raising the draft age has saved careers, but I guess it’s more important to cowtow to the tiny handful of guys who would be ready for the jump. Well, we don’t need the same for the NFL – help the players make sure they are ready before the jump.

  13. Has anyone bothered to ask why in the 80’s and 90’s rookies in the NBA were instant superstars who would literally transform 10-15 different teams, yet for the past 20 years the NBA Draft has been as significant as baseball’s draft. Are you under the delusion this is because today’s players “aren’t as good?” baloney …

    the answer is quite simple, 20 years ago, the NBA removed their college restrictions allowing kids to be drafted after FRESHMEN YEAR, thus preventing college players from becoming superstars in the NCAA. guys like Shaquille o’neal, larry bird, magic johnson, chris webber, glenn robinson, alonzo mourning, larry johnson, all put in 3 years of college team and were perfectly ripe for the NBA draft.

    NBA should not be lowering the minimum age they should be RAISING it. #greed
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    I’ll see your Shaquille O’Neil, Bird, Magic, Webber, Robinson, Mourning, and LJ , and raise you . LeBron, Kobe, Garnett, Shawn Kemp, Anthony Davis, Durant and The Greek Freak…….. all played 1 year or less or NCAA ball.

  14. The vast majority of MLB and NBA draft choices go into the developmental system – the minor leagues – with teams associated with or owned by the major league teams. The major football leagues have no such system and use the colleges for that purpose. Unless and until the NFL or any major professional football league develops a farm system it would be futile to draft kids just out of high school. And never mind the AAF or another XFL. Those are garbage leagues. If the draft qualifications are to be lowered, it would only work with a bona fide 32-team minor league owned and operated by the parent club. As an aside, eliminating the free agent system would encourage clubs to keep better players to step in for injured players and to move into a starting role.

  15. While I agree that letting kids enter the NFL draft after high school is probably not in the best interest of the player, we all have to be allowed to make our own decisions. If a player chooses to enter too early and it ruins his career, that’s his decision. They have the choice of NFL or college. Gotta live with the consequences of your own decisions.

  16. julienewmarsboobs says:
    February 21, 2019 at 7:01 pm
    Maybe, just maybe the NFL is a much harder sport on players bodies. Probably best to wait until they are a bit more developed physically and mentally and ready for the pounding of pro the NFL.

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    What a silly argument. Football in general is hard on players bodies and after time, they break down. Now I’m not saying let kids go from high school directly to the NFL, but dropping for 3 to 2 years removed from HS is not only reasonable, it should have been implemented years ago. Why waste an extra year and not get paid for it.

  17. Football players are not physically ready at 18-19. People forget these other sports are not contact sports.

    Plus, if players want to come in at 18, then they must push back rfa until after year 6 and ufa until after 7 seasons. Good luck selling that to players. This would also cause the first couple years of the rookie contract to need to be much smaller. (which also means that young or old, many of the busts would end up earning FAR FAR less.)

    Just because something is a sport doesn’t mean they each should follow a cookie cutter, one size fits all approach.

    Remember there are 53 men on a roster, not ~15 or 25. Additionally, there are only 16 games. So the NFL has to pay on average 3.5 players per game in full, whereas baseball can play ~6.5 games to pay each player. We’re talking 20x the product for baseball compared to football.

    NFL needs all those 53 men to play, they can’t afford to have 5-10 MORE guys riding pine to ‘learn’ for 2-4 years. By the time they are anything, they hit free agency because all those year riding the pine they are accruing years towards free agency. The economics simply don’t work.

    People seriously need to think out the ramifications of this idea, because it sucks for everyone. The players. The teams. The fans. The unintended consequences are massive.

  18. Kids out of high school are no where near physically ready to compete in the nfl. There are lots of kids coming out of college who are even ready yet. All this would do is cause more injuries or break a kids confidence. There is a huge learning curve from high school to college and another huge one from college to pros. Futures would be destroyed before they get started.

  19. I’m for whatever they agree on collectively. But, let’s not forget how awful it was to be stuck with players right out of high school,, most of whom almost never contributed until their walk year so you just end up being a professional training academy. GM’s need to be smart, it’s a mans game and you gotta be ready.

  20. Fine let teenagers impatiently ruin their future while attempting to compete against professional adults. I’d prefer to hone my skills against my peers before I tried to compete for a roster spot and or playing time.

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