HBCU Seeks To Disrupt NCAA With A League Of Their Own

With the majority of the NBA draftees being African-American, but attending predominately white institutions (PWI) has caused historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) to struggle to get their players into the major leagues. The top athletes usually derived from the elite PWIs like Kansas, Oregon, or like the #1 Draft pick, Markelle Fultz, stemming from Washington. With the elite universities receiving all of the attention during the NBA Draft, of course, young men will want to attend these universities to continue their basketball career into the NBA.

The last time an HBCU basketball athlete drafted into the NBA Draft was back in 2012 with Kyle O’Quinn of Norfolk State University (NSU) and playing for the New York Knicks. When you don’t see your own kind as the majority instead of mopping around, do something about and show action. Andy Schwarz, an economist, and NCAA critic suggests that HBCUs create a league of their own compensating student-athletes changing the overall game of the NCAA. Reported from HBCU Sports, this could be beneficial for HBCU communities by creating careers and abiding by the HBCU overall goal “to serve and support the African-American community.”

The players in this proposed league would earn between $50,00 to $100,000 and allow the players to gain monetary value for signing autographs, endorsement meal and accepting gifts, and declare for the NBA draft “without losing their eligibility” reported by VICE Sports. Schwarz says that “one of the ways to bust up a monopoly is through disruption, [and] that’s the idea here.” It seems easy as 1-2-3 to execute this plan using the steps below:


Step 1: Form an HBCU-exclusive basketball league.

Step 2: Tell the NCAA to pound sand, and pay the nation’s very best high school and college basketball

players to be part of it.

Step 3: Profit. Oh, and also change the face of big-time campus athletics forever” (Vice Sports)


The same way that Uber took over the old-fashioned taxi business, this new HBCU league will disrupt the current NCAA rules and provide players with benefits that can help them and their families. Check out Andy Schwarz on this podcast talking about “Athlete Exploitation in College Sports”

Andy Schwarz  Why do you believe this HBCU Free Market Idea will work?

1) “HBCUs can be a strong brand that Americans will like, regardless of race.”

2) “I think HBCUs are uniquely positioned to see the struggle for college athlete’s rights as part of a broader civil rights movement that they are already a part of. (Black males make up 56 percent of college football teams and 61 percent of college basketball teams)”

3) “I think amateurism as a demand driver is a fiction, and what actually sells is the blend of college brand value and basketball excellence. While the HBCUs brands today are not as strong as the best basketball PWIs [predominantly white institutions], they aren’t so far away that an infusion of talent won’t tip the tables.”

4) “Monopolies are horrible competitors when they get disrupted. Just ask a taxi driver whether his company responded well to Uber.”

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Amber Peters is a current MBA candidate and full-time Accountant. She is a proud Alumna of Texas Southern University. “Faith without work means nothing”


  • Starfish Reply

    July 11, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    Kind of confused. Teams in the mid major Ohio Valley Conference are already paying their basketball players a stipend in the range of $3-5K per semester. (check me on the numbers as it may be limited to the semester they actually play games). If this mid-major is paying, I suspect the majors are also giving something. I could be wrong on the biggies but I know the OVC is compensating basketball players as recent as last season.

    The lone HBCU in that conference is fighting to compete as they are not in a position to pay for play, just yet, due to low alumni support, low game receipts limited ESPN money. As such, how does an all HBCU league offer a more attractive platform. Is your theory players will lave the big leagues for the all HBCU league?

    • PalealYah Reply

      July 15, 2017 at 2:38 AM

      Yes it would create a need verses demand. What you don’t understand are the millions of black men and women with good skills who will never make it into the pros.

      50 to 100,000 is quite a bit more than being used as fodder for a machine which offers little more than a mask education.

  • Anonymous Reply

    July 13, 2017 at 1:36 PM

    since this will not be an NCAA sanctioned norm, all of the other athletic teams at the universities will not be able to compete against NCAA sanctioned schools, so where does this get anyone.

  • Marvin Fisher Reply

    July 13, 2017 at 9:44 PM

    I think it’s s great idea, seeing that the competition in the HBCU arenas go unnoticed because they are not big names and don’t have big name recruits. I attended an HBCU and I know that this could work with right formula in place. The idea of pay to play will be an incentive as well as not having to go to a big name school to have a platform. Not saying anyone would leave the big schools to come to the HBCUs but it certainly would be tempting with salaries from 50-100 grand don’t u think. They could get gifts and incentives without penalties. I would jump on this gravy train. Also the athletes in the HBCU league would not have to be compared to the bigger name schools. They would compare to similar HBCUs, kinda like the housing market comparable comps. I hope they figure this one out I want to see this!!!

  • Lillie Spencer Reply

    July 14, 2017 at 9:39 PM

    Why not , in all things new and different fordward thinking people is why slavery did not distort a great people , and why Amerika is a great country, I say that it’s a great idea go for it………. just my opinion

  • Derrick landers Reply

    July 17, 2017 at 5:19 AM

    It won’t work.

  • coach777b Reply

    July 18, 2017 at 6:40 AM

    The NBA , the NFL and the NCAA will never allow this. They will work together and alone to kill this. The NCAA will impose a slew of objections and sanctions. The NBA & NFL will not overtly try to disrupt this but watch what happens when a NBA or NFL team even thinks about drafting a player from this conference. Not to mention what the Olympic honchos will have to see about eligibility. The results for the athletes could be heart breaking.

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  • Hazel Ripley Reply

    November 19, 2017 at 9:28 AM

    Racism is an open secret in NCAA. Believe it or not, it is the same as what history has taught us, African-Americans who work under white commiteess and companies who does not even go after the welfare of the players. They are seeking to make a league of their own and with the way that a white majority committee handles everything, it is best that they do, so they can have the kind of rules and freedom that they want while being comfortable in the environment that they are in.

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