Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
On the other hand, the NBA and NFL force players to go to college before they can enter the draft. That is what is unfair. The players don't have any control over their lives. The NBA and NFL get a free minor league system, the colleges make millions of dollars but the players do all the work and take all the risks.
This has been tried in court and the ruling said that it is perfectly fair. There are all kinds of things you can't do before you're 21. The NBA and the NFL have decided that they want a certain amount of maturity and there's nothing wrong with that. You can run a business and say "I'm not hiring anyone who's less than 3 years removed from high school."
This country is not set up to allow 18 year olds total control and I think that's a good thing. Pushing kids towards college is something I encourage.