NCAA Needs to Fix Eligibility Rules For Draftees

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Jay Bilas on ESPN Insider ($):

We cannot blame the NBA for the problems confronting college basketball. The NBA is running a very successful and lucrative business, and it is solely concerned with creating rules that serve its interests and continued growth. The NCAA is also running a business, but is not bringing forth any solutions or doing anything to protect its product. Nor is the NCAA’s stance on the NBA draft currently advancing the cause of education. Simply put, the NCAA needs to smarten up and do a better job of looking out for its own interests.

Bilas goes on to suggest a couple of options, most importantly the idea that a player should be able to be drafted (or declare for the draft) without automatically losing their eligibility. If they don’t sign an endorsement deal they should still be able to go back and improve their skills or whatnot.