Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 at 3:15 pm  |  15 responses

Is the NBA’s Age Limit Illegal?

Most agree that it’s unfair (and largely nonsensical), but certain folks who diligently read law books say the age limit might also be against the law itself: “Surprisingly lost in the discussion about whether age limits are appropriate for the NBA draft is the fact that many state laws prohibit employment discrimination against individuals who are eighteen or over. As playing in the NBA is employment – albeit a dream job – eighteen year olds are deprived of their potential employment and are thus victims of age discrimination. In New York, for example, the New York State Human Rights Law prohibits employers from refusing to hire or employ an ‘individual eighteen years of age or older… because of such individual’s age.’ The NBA, and its players’ union, are subject to compliance with all New York employment laws, as well as other state laws which prohibit discrimination based on age.”

(Via: Deadspin)

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  • Bostwik

    I agree, but if they change it everyone should be prepared to see many more busts.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    uh oh

  • Mark

    it made it more interesting when High school players were drafted to see them progress through the league. but take Gerald Green, if he went to college he would have been a better player now.

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  • riggs

    Shut up, Mark.

  • Marco

    Gerald Green is going to be the greatest street sweeper of all time in the nba

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Who’s to say that Gerald Green would be a better player if he had gone to college? We never refer to 4-year college dudes as busts even when they suck so the comparison is moot. More importantly, GMs never have draft anyone.

  • Remo Williams

    so what about the nfl…?
    no one’s making a big deal about it, well except for maurice clarett (and we all know how that turned out).

    1 year isnt bad. 2 years might even be better because then you can really determine the players abilities. but in the end it doesnt matter, mediocre players get very lucrative contracts all the time.

  • Chris

    I don’t have a problem with the age limit, I have a problem with the way they NCAA is “pimping” the players they give scholarships to.

  • chintao

    This rule is definitely illegal….

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Freedom Fries

    Pimpin aint easy yo

  • http://www.woah.com nate the great

    well it doesnt matter. its the NBA and its their buisness, they can do what ever they want. if the nba doesnt want highschool players, then they dont need to take highschool players. idk how that is illegal. someone please tell me?
    do i like it? no, i wished they didnt have it.
    But it is the Commish’s league, and he wants 2 years atleast for college players. were lucky right now its 1.

  • Phil B

    Nate, it’s illegal to hire on the basis on age, that’s why the rule is illegal. It’s the same as if a company were run by Old White Racist Men. Is it OK if they only hire old white men, just because it’s their business and they can do whatever they want? No. It’s illegal.

  • chintao

    ^ It’s a good thing that Old White Racist Men can’t ball, otherwise….

  • TDP

    I have no clue about its legality, but I agree it’s stupidity. Kids should just be able to declare for the draft out of high school. All thise one-and-done stuff is just going to lead to scandal, e.g. Derrick Rose, OJ Mayo.