Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 12:00 pm  |  20 responses

NBA Players’ Union Wants to Get Rid of the Age Limit

Billy Hunter and the players claim they won’t acquiesce to the owners’ proposals, and have their own demands, thank you very much. ESPN reports: “The NBA owners aren’t the only ones looking to alter the landscape of the league over the next several seasons through the league’s collective bargaining agreement. While the owners want to do away with the soft salary cap and guaranteed contracts, the players hope to end the age restriction that forbids players from entering the NBA directly out of high school. ‘We want to go back to the way it was,’ a source from the National Basketball Players Association said. ‘The players have always been philosophically opposed to it. The vast majority of players feel a player should have the right to make a living. If he has the talent and wants to make money to help his family, he should have that right. It’s just a matter of principle.’”

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  • Brahsef

    Amen, but they’re not gettin it back

  • http://sdfklfds.com Jukai

    “No we wont take a pay cut. We actually want to get paid sooner!”
    This isn’t good publicity for the Players’ Union.

  • Chazz Michael Michaels

    i think more people are worried about the education part of college rather than the sports… they say having players go to college is better becaus it helps develop their game for NBA but honestly i think it is more of a educational reason for life after basketball nd with college becoming easier to access with online things and stuff like that players could easily move from HS to the NBA and still have a great chance at a college education.

  • http://www.basketbrasil.com.br Rubens

    The owners know that if there’s any overpaid athlete in the league is their fault, right?

  • http://google c_cantrell

    exactly bro and im on side with the players union 100% with this one

  • Cizzo

    I hope the players stand on the league and get the age limit resctriction lifted… I got a son and two little cousins that are going to be great players and of coures we need that money…..

  • Cizzo

    Once you get paid you can pay for college yourself, I think any potential NBA prospect should have that right………

  • http://google c_cantrell

    who are they

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    I agree that anybody good enough should be able to play. However, with the hard cap proposal, salary cuts, no more guranteed contracts, contract length being shortened etc, I’m not sure why the players union is making this a priority. Maybe it’s a strategy so that at the end of the day they can say they gave up on some things they wanted and in return the owners should give up something. BTW, I like the players association idea about including local television deals etc. into the revenue sharing model. This would help small market teams even in years where they stink and nobody is showing up.

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    Maybe they should just compromise and keep the age limit, but make college kids take a pay cut…

  • Luiyo

    I think they should let them go pro and if they want to go to college they should at least complete 2 years… Everybody wins, no more one and done, that are damaging the continuation of the college programs and the ones that are really good are going to be good players anyway, so if they want to risk it let them at least if they fail you can say “I told you so” lol

  • El Black Mamba

    If this happens college basketball is gonna hurt really bad… but I dont care cuz they make millions of these kids and they get ish out of the colleges!… so im with the union on this!

  • WangChung

    1. This age-limit proposal is simply a smokescreen for their more pressing issues. Future players aren’t part of the Union, so their interests are unlikely to be represented.
    2. The league’s recent purchase of the Hornets supports Stern’s push for contraction. Teams just aren’t sustainable in small markets, outside of rare instances (e.g. Bron/Cavs).
    3. Players stand to lose more than owners. This won’t help at the negotiating table.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    CIZZO holler at me man who are your ppl! lol i wanna know who they are so i can follow them

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Cantrell, id gues he was just talking out his neck. Anyways, WHERES PROP JOE WHEN YOU NEED HIM?!?!

  • http://google c_cantrell

    i guess so bro

  • Dre

    I have no problem with the age limit from a business stand point. A business has a right to put whatever kind of a requirement on a position held in their company that they want as long as it’s universal. it is just better business for the NBA to have more seasoned players out there. It kills me when people say, if the teams picks a bust out of high school it is that teams problem. Yeah, but it is a leagues problem to when you have a potential to have more players that are not ready riding on a high school rep getting paid. It is like these families are actually telling NBA teams, gamble on my son and if he is a bust, well too bad so sad we got our money. Please, that’s not good business. Nothing guarantees that a player won’t be a bust but seeing them playing against college level talent helps to read out bums. If they need money they can do like they do it like Brandon Jennings. The age limit is good business for the NBA to put out the best product.

  • bashmo

    nah they should just keep the age limit. I mean they’re already enough first year players comin outta college declarin for the draft every year looking for a paycheck, and many of them(once their nba careers have ended) do not bother going back and finishing they’re degree. Sure you getting paid, but that one year of college ball will help you in a lot of different ways.

  • pistol

    How bout lettin HS players go to the D-League for one year if they dont wanna go the college route…..they can get a bit of pay for play and get the experience that’ll make the transition to the L a lot easier. Any probs with that?

  • slamfan4life

    Theirs an age limit? woa