Compare And Contrast Nba And Haywood

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Early in the NBA’s existence, the NBA and the NBA Players Association (NBAPA) followed a rule that prevented an athlete from being drafted until four years after he had graduated from high school. It wasn’t until 1971 that the rule was challenged in federal court by a 19-year old named Spencer Haywood. Haywood was raised in extreme poverty roughly an hour outside of Jackson, Mississippi. A talented basketball player, as a teenager, he helped the 1968 United States Olympic basketball team win a gold medal. Then in 1970, just three years out of high school, Haywood signed a six-year contract with the Seattle Supersonics worth $15 million. Due to this violation of NBA policy, the NBA looked to stop Haywood from playing. In response, Haywood filed an anti-trust suit against the league, arguing that the four-year rule infringed on Haywood’s right to make a living. The case ultimately went before the Supreme Court, where, in a 7-2 decision, the Court upheld a lower court decision in favor of Haywood. The Court found that barring Haywood from the NBA would cause him “irreparable injury in that a substantial part of his playing career will have been dissipated.”…show more content…
Therefore, in 1976 the NBA abandoned the “hardship rule” in favor of an early entry procedure whereby any athlete would be eligible for the NBA draft provided that his high school class had graduated and he has made his declaration within forty-five days of the draft. It would be nearly twenty years, however, until the NBA would see the next high school player enter the

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