Sports Law Panel: Age Limits in Sports
Vermont Law School's Sports and Entertainment Law Society and the National Sports and Entertainment Law Society present a panel discussion on Friday, April 2, on age limits in professional sports.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Chase Community Center, with lunch served from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Vermont Bar Association is cosponsoring the event, and Vermont CLE credit will be available.
Panelists will include:
- Alan Milstein, a nationally-acclaimed sports litigator who represents NBA players Allen Iverson and Eddy Curry, among others, and who served as lead counsel for Maurice Clarett in Clarett v. NFL;
- Mike Zarren, the Boston Celtics' assistant executive director of basketball operations and associate counsel;
- Chris Brown, president of the Basketball and Entertainment Divisions of the Boston-based Orpehus Sports and Entertainment, which he cofounded. Chris's clients include NBA players and music stars, such as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and former Indiana Pacers point guard Travis Best. Chris is also an adjunct entertainment law professor at Boston College Law School, from which he graduated in 1998; and
- Ryan Rodenberg, an assistant professor at Florida State University's Department of Sport and Recreation Management, former counsel at Octagon sports agency, and author of articles on age limits in professional tennis and the LPGA; and
- VLS Professor Michael McCann, who is Sports Illustrated's Legal Expert and who worked for Mr. Milstein in the Clarett case, will moderate.
The debate over age limits in professional sports centers on lucrative contracts and marketing deals, antitrust issues and labor laws, and whether young athletes have the physical and emotional maturity to compete with older players.
The NFL and NBA have age-based eligibility requirements, but professional baseball, golf, hockey, tennis and other sports leagues either have no minimum age requirement or allow players under age 18 under certain requirements. The NCAA declares players ineligible for collegiate sports once they declare themselves eligible for the pro draft and sign with agents.
Visit the National Sports and Entertainment Law Society's web page at www.nationalsels.org.