finished watching the annual NFL 'Draft' . For those not familiar with this concept let me
give you the bullet points.
College 'Football' is really
the farm system for the Pro's. A young man can elect to stay in College for the normal
four years or, if he has sufficient talent and there is sufficient interest in him from
the Pro's he can leave early.
The Draft is a system that
allows the Pro teams to pick which players they would like first refusal on . A team can
elect to select a player that will fill a need in their organization or a player that
another team really really wants thereby aquiring the means to trade multiple players or
future Draft picks in return for that player.
The system is based upon a
teams record from the previous season. If you have the worst record in the NFL you will
get the first pick in the following Draft and so on.
The aim of the NFL is to
create parity in their league, keep it as competitive as possible. If a team is lacking
horribly to compete because of a lack of talent the situation is addressed at the
following Draft by allowing them to choose the best player available to address their
If you think about this
system a little, it addresses a lot of what we have all lived with for a lot of years. The
OF dominating based on money, outside of that most of our best local talent headed south
based on potential income. My belief is that with the correct leadership we could create
an enviroment where we had competitive teams not just on a local level but on the
International front too.
The starting point would have
to be how to fund the venture. I think that if we have buy-in from all the teams we could
negotiate a deal with those interested media parties to fund a youth system playing in a
league that would establish the farm system from which teams would 'Draft' players.
Revenue sharing is critical
in this deal. It's all very well for teams to want to keep the Lions share, what good will
it do if there is no-one to play against ? Unilateral co-operation is a fundamental when
trying to change the way things have always been.We know what we have done to get to where
we are today, if we want something different then we have to DO something different . If
you always do what you always did, then you'll always get what you've always got !
Of course, this system would
require highly qualified, motivated, talentscouts. Maybe a Pat Stanton for example (had to
get that in ) ! Off for another pitcher of Margaritas by the Pool.....
Sunny San Diego