The NFL can come up with various solutions—supplemental drafts, the retaining of player rights, etc.—to preserve its precious parity even if it does get stiffed by a few fickle flankers. The concerns of the pro leagues are not those of the universities, even though, as Theokas says, "There is no reason for us to be anti-NFL or anti-NBA, or vice versa." The proposal, he notes, is simply "pro-student athlete."
It's a proposal that will allow college players to use the free enterprise system in the same way that the system has always used them, to capitalize on the entertainment value skilled athletes have in this sports-crazy society. It's a rule that will put athletes on a par with the computer-science whizzes, music students, drama majors and other collegians who can weigh pro careers without losing their scholarships or eligibility for student activities. It's a rule that can get some of those sham students who are simply using their schools as sports training camps out into the real world where they belong.
And it's a rule that—if passed—will earn at least one sportswriter's enthusiastic applause.