With my lawyer cap on, I actually think schools and collectives will become more organized and stabilize the market through contracts. No one is handing out a million bucks without a contract with terms. Those terms are going to start to include a term of service. In other words, stud kid getting a million bucks, if you transfer before 3 years is up, you have to pay the money back.
These types of agreements are regularly used in employment contracts and are legal in most states. These kids are getting paid a lot of money, and the people fronting that money are going to want to see them stick around.
This may not be just to lock in the stud transfers. Maybe your whole freshmen class gets 50k each, but they agree to stay for 3 or 4 years. So, if a kid blows up, he can't just run to a program with more cash.
The pendulum is going to swing back and this is one way it will.
I don’t know if you could require them to stay at the school but you could certainly require X number of appearances over a period of time.
So you write in the athlete has to sign autographs in Iowa City once a month then he transfers to Alabama. Either make the trip every month or pay us back.
I can already see the reverse pendulum swing of schools paying off nil contracts these athletes break.