Originally Posted by Sea Ray
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.
The courts don't decide what is fair.
The courts rule based on laws, precedents and technicalities -- not on fairness. Usually the side with the best lawyers wins. Who will have the best lawyers, a high school kid from the ghetto or the billionaire NFL owners?
If the issue ever gets taken up by a powerful legal entity then I am sure the players would win. It is pure age discrimination which is illegal in the USA.
If a player is good enough to contribute to a professional team then it is unethical to selfishly make a rule that prohibits him from earning a livelihood. The NBA and NFL do it purely because they don't want to pay players while they develop like they do in MLB and the NHL. The NCAA loves it too because they are making billions of dollars. The players are the ones that get screwed.
We love college sports so we are happy to maintain the status quo to protect our own interests.
There are lot of kids out there that have no business going to college. They are wasting their time and others' time when they could be doing something much more productive.