Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban attempted to put up $500 million to finance a major college conference if it would withdraw from the NCAA.
However, Cuban would not say which conference he approached with his idea. But the offer is still there.
“I actually talked to a college AD and I said, ‘For your conference, the top 10 teams, I would put up $500 million for you to withdraw from the NCAA and create a new conference or new setup without the same hypocrisy geared toward student-athletes,’ ” Cuban said. “They laughed, but I was serious.”
Cuban said he’s grown tired of players being taken advantage of by the NCAA.
Cuban said he would like to see players who are not equipped for the college classroom setting or have no interest in college wind up in the National Basketball Development League.
“The NCAA rules are so hypocritical, there’s absolutely no reason for a kid to go [to college], because he’s not going to class, he’s actually not even able to take advantage of all the fun because the first semester he starts playing basketball,” Cuban said. “So if the goal is just to graduate to the NBA or be an NBA player, go to the D-League.
“Hopefully at some point, we’ll have kind of a secondary draft like baseball where you’ve got the choice and we can draft a kid starting in the third round and let him play in the D-League.”
As the Mavs (36-24) prepare to play the San Antonio Spurs (42-16) at 6 p.m. Sunday at the AT&T Center, Cuban believes both the college and pro game are being hurt by players who attend college for just one season.
“I mean, I don’t think a lot of coaches like one-and-done,” Cuban said. “I think it helps enable all the bastardized AAU scenarios, it creates graft with agents.”
Cuban would prefer to work something out with various colleges where the players can work on their major, play basketball and actually receive a stipend.
“We can get rid of all the hypocrisy and improve the education. If the whole plan is just to go to college for one year maybe, or just the first semester, that’s not a student-athlete. That’s ridiculous.”
Cuban said he’s watched players come into the NBA who are mentally, emotionally and psychologically unprepared. He wants to help put a stop to it, and also believes the NBA should raise the the minimum age to enter the league from 19.
“It should be either three years [of college] or 21 for sure,” Cuban said. “If you go to the D-League you’d probably make it less than that.
“The balance should be, if you go to the D-League and elect to take classes and don’t make it, we’ll still continue to pay for your classes until your class would graduate. There’s no reason for the NCAA to exist. None.”