The NBA Age Limit, Does It Work: Tracking The First Class Restricted by The CBA

January 18th, 2011 by Colin Shea Leave a reply »
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At the start of the 2006 NBA season the league implemented a new age restriction as outlined in the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

As of that season, draft-eligible players must be at least 19 years old and one year removed from high school in order to be on an NBA roster. This effectively meant that high school athletes could no longer make the immediate jump to the NBA without playing one year of collegiate ball (although exceptions did occur).

As a result, debates have continued to rage on whether or not it violates a person’s right to seek employment.

Before this agreement the NBA was the only major sport to allow such a transition from amateur to professional; Major League Baseball allows high school players to join their Minor League systems, the NHL allows drafted players to join college teams, and the NFL prohibits players from joining their league without being three years removed from high school.

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