"DakotaWiz" wrote:Really low league fees? Players with part time jobs? Sounds like a different league..
If the top 6 players make 5, 4 or 3K per month, and each team has 2 rookies making 1500 per month plus 2 local try-out players making 700 per month, I'm not sure if a day job would be needed.Indy league Baseball teams have this type of pay structure and minor league ball players don't have day jobs. Remember the season would only last 2 months (like the old USBL). Mid Jan - Mid March
You've got to stop thinking of what the CBA was or what minor league basketball was. And start talking realistically about what it can be outside the NBDL.
As a pro baller your goal should be to get into the D-League or go internationally. If you can't do that you should use these other leagues for continued exposure. Forget the ABA... don't even bother with that. But if you can get a roster spot and Playing time on PBL or IBL roster go for it. But only use it for exposure. Get your game tape on google video and youtube and have your agent work to get you in the D league or overseas.
After you've played in these semi pro leagues for a couple of years and never gotten into the D-League or overseas you'll basically have your answer. If you want to make good money get a job outside of playing basketball.
In the mean time if you want to keep playing basketball for 50 or 150 bucks a game there are leagues out there for you. But they aren't raking in fans or sponsorships for the most part. So if you want to make some coin get a job around playing basketball. And the leagues should schedule practices on the evenings and games on the weekends so players can easily obtain employment.
"DakotaWiz" wrote:I never said you were wrong, or even disagreed with you. I'm simply saying that for cities that are used to the CBA talent, a guy willing to play for that amount of money is not going to be as talented, for the most part. Great idea, but I don't think it'd work in the cities that are used to more talent.
One thing I'd agree with is the talent won't be as deep. The teams aren't going to be pre Isiah Thomas good. But they can be 2004 good.
We already know the ABA is a rec league. The PBL is going to lose (and is losing) some teams due to their expenses, massive league fees,and the economy.
So if you aren't playing overseas and were cut by the NBDL where are you going to play? The PBL... sure thats an option but most of those teams really aren't paying anything either.
Or you could go to the CBA. Have a schedule built around a day job and make more money than the D-League players overall and stay in basketball.