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LaVar Ball announces launch of pro league for players who want NBA eligibility sans college




LaVar Ball attends the BIG3 at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
LaVar Ball attends the BIG3 at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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On Wednesday, LaVar Ball announced that he will start a professional league for post-high school players who don’t want to go to college but want to be eligible for the NBA draft.

The Junior Basketball Association will pay its players $3,000 to $10,000 a month and will consist of eight teams, 10 players each, in big cities such as Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta. The capital for the venture will come from Ball’s own company, Big Baller Brand.

“For decades, the NCAA has run a business that has exploited thousands of teens, while college institutions, coaches, media conglomerates, and corporate sponsors have all profited from the model,” wrote Ball in a statement shared with SLAM. “The JBA is a long-awaited solution to this ongoing problem.”

What do you think of this alternate junior league? And is LaVar Ball the right frontman for the idea?

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Bill Plaschke, sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times; he tweets @BillPlaschke