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12-30-2004, 08:18 AM
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
I don't know exactly what the law is, but I'm fairly close to being an attorney, so I have some insight into this. My guess is that it would be an "anti-trust" suit. Meaning, the player would accuse the owners of colluding to prevent people from entering into the labor force. One of the rules of business is that competitors cannot collude for mutual benefit at the expense of others.
I don't know exactly how it works, but a collective bargaining agreement bypasses some of those rules (basically if both labor and management agree, it's ok). If there is no collective bargaining agreement, and the games play anyway, I don't think the owners could keep ANYONE out on the basis of age except to avoid violating child labor laws.
Without a collective bargaining agreement, I think a draft is actually illegal.
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