Overtime - new High School League

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I'm not the demographic for Overtime so I had never heard of them until now but apparently they are starting a new BB league for high schoolers. Interested in people's thoughts about this. https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/overtime-made-high-school-basketball-internet-sensation-now-wants-go-rcna353

Overtime announced on Thursday that it plans to start a basketball league for 16-to-18-year-olds allowing them to earn at least $100,000 per year.
The Overtime Elite league will let players bypass traditional high school and collegiate levels while building their brand before becoming eligible for the NBA. It will start in September with 30 players, and will be based in a single location, which is still under discussion.
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Porter said he spent two years speaking with families of top athletes to seek input about OTE. He said the families expressed disapproval of the current path to the pros, where prominent colleges make millions off talent in exchange for a free education.
OTE says it will provide top education, residences and training and will offer advanced analytics of players’ performance to help them improve. But the big advantage is that OTE will give players the right to capitalize on their brands while getting paid to participate.
MOre at the link.
 

nattysez

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OTE says it will provide top education, residences and training and will offer advanced analytics of players’ performance to help them improve. But the big advantage is that OTE will give players the right to capitalize on their brands while getting paid to participate.
I think something like this makes a lot of sense. However, I worry about kids being exploited by their parents and others. I'm going to feel pretty terrible reading the inevitable stories of hot-shot 16 year-olds who gave up their HS eligibility and washed out of this league after a year with the $100,000 they were paid having gone "missing."
 

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"OTE says it will provide top education, residences and training and will offer advanced analytics of players’ performance to help them improve. But the big advantage is that OTE will give players the right to capitalize on their brands while getting paid to participate."

This is the money quote. If the players' education, living conditions, training, and preparation for something other than basketball have a prominent role in OTE's business plan and budget, then I don't really see this as a completely horrible idea. Especially given the continued fiction of "student athletes" clung to by college programs. On the other hand, the cynic in me sees OTE's pockets being the primary beneficiaries of its business plan and I wonder what will happen to the kids it spits out at age 18 who have no future in the pros.