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Would Soccer's Youth Format Work in Other Sports?

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The MLS has something called the Homegrown Player Rule. Every MLS team has a development academy. As explained here, if the player is on the homegrown list and goes to college or one of the National Teams, they can sign with their homegrown club at any point. 

 

If other sports adopted this youth development format, would it work? Why wouldn't sports owners want their best local talent to stay local?

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Academies cost money to operate. NFL teams are currently getting fully developed players at no cost. They have no financial incentive to change the system.

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1 hour ago, zippy5 said:

No, it doesn't even work for soccer.

 

How so? 

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