The professional football market is set to become saturated by 2020. With the NFL holding court as king, the Alliance of American Football made its debut this February, but that’s not all.
The XFL is expected to make its return in February 2020 while Tom Brady’s agent, Don Yee, is starting a developmental league expected to launch in June 2020.
With the bevy of professional options, Yee is hoping his league can separate itself from the pack by offering to lower the age in which athletes are able to compete. While the NFL and AAF require athletes to play in college for at least three years, the Pac Pro league is already offering players like Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence an opportunity to play now.
Yee explained what sets his league apart and why players like Lawrence should consider his offer:
“So I think the one thing we want to make clear is that even if a player chose to take our offer and play in our league, they still can continue their academic education. We want to emphasize that, and frankly they’ll be able to do that without the interference of football as they are taking classes and doing labs and doing internships outside of our season.”
Instead of trying to compete with the NFL or other football leagues, the Pacific Pro league hopes to develop talent and help athletes create a brand before they head off to greener pastures.
The league would take place in the summer, avoiding the fall and spring semesters as student-athletes have time off.
We’ll have to wait and see if it becomes a realistic option for college athletes who decide they want to make a little money rather than vying for a national title.