In New York this Friday, NBA owners and representatives from the NBA Players Association are haggling over the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement. At the heart of the discussion are concepts that are pretty foreign to college basketball fans: Players and owners are haggling over how to split the profits, how free agency should be handled and whether owners should be taxed for spending too much.
At the periphery of the discussion, however, is something that could dramatically affect the state of the college game.
The NBA is pushing to change the eligibility rules for the NBA draft. Currently, draft prospects must be 19 years old and must be one year removed from high school to be eligible. Now the NBA is pushing for a minimum age limit of 20 and a two-year waiting period after a prospect's high school class graduates. And parties on both the NBA and NCAA sides view such a change as an entirely positive development.