Jewish World Review May 2, 2003 / 30 Nissan, 5763
Why the NFL is so prosperous
Some of the hardest working college students in the class of
2003 get to work this weekend.
NFL mini camps for drafted players and free agents
take place this weekend and for the 260 or so who were drafted
by NFL teams, they should consider themselves fortunate. They
landed a job while most of their college peers are
struggling to find one.
Some of these students leaving college will become fabulously
wealthy, some will keep their signing bonuses and lose their
jobs but all of them probably could command more money if
the job market was truly competitive. The NFL owners have
developed a system where they identify top students and give
them just one choice or they won't get a job.
companies can't go to the Harvard School of Business or
Wharton and draft business majors, that's illegal. But the NFL
owners and players association agreed to the draft which
makes the system legal.
The entry process guarantees someone leaving college a
chance, but little else because the NFL doesn't guarantee
And that is why the NFL is so prosperous.
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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business
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