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Legality Of Age Restrictions In The Nba And Nfl, Michael Mccann, Joseph S. Rosen Jan 2006

Legality Of Age Restrictions In The Nba And Nfl, Michael Mccann, Joseph S. Rosen

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This essay examines age eligibility rules in the National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA), offers analysis of related antitrust and labor law issues, and shares perspective on underlying policies. As a matter of background, the NFL and the NBA are the only major sports organizations that prohibit players from entrance until a prescribed period after high school graduation. Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, NASCAR, professional tennis, professional golf, and professional boxing have no such rules. Individuals can also partake in professional acting, theater, music, and other entertainment professions without satisfying a period after high ...