Former NBA champion David West has outlined a proposal for a new college basketball league that could rival the NCAA.
The new league, which would launch in the summer of 2020, would pay players between $50,000 and $150,000 a year, and offer scholarships to local universities.
As first reported in The Wall Street Journal, West’s Historical Basketball League would comprise 12 teams chosen from about 20 initial cities. The league would play during the summer months and would allow players to attend school full time during the fall and spring.
There has been much controversy over the lack of payment for NCAA athletes, particularly in the wake of the ongoing NCAA basketball scandal involving sportswear manufacturer Adidas and several prominent programmes. NCAA rules forbid student-athletes from being paid a salary.
West’s new league could give young players the opportunity to get a college education while being paid.