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VLS to Host Discussion on Age Limits in Pro Sports

March 18, 2010

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- The Vermont Law School's Sports and Entertainment Law Society will host a panel discussion on Friday, April 2, on "Age Limits in Professional Sports."

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Chase Community Center.

Panelists will include Alan Milstein, a nationally acclaimed sports litigator who represents NBA players Allen Iverson, Eddy Curry and 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; and Ryan Rodenberg, an assistant professor at Florida State University's Department of Sport Management and former counsel at the Octagon sports agency.

Moderating the panel will be VLS Associate Professor Michael McCann, who is Sports Illustrated's legal expert and who worked for Milstein in the Clarett case.

The debate over age limits in pro sports centers on lucrative contracts and marketing deals, anti-trust 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.

The VLS Sports and Entertainment Law Society provides a forum for discussion, alumni interaction and academic learning about the sports and entertainment fields, two of the most popular industries in the nation. More information is available at: http://www.vermontlaw.edu/students/x8028.xml

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations
802-831-1106, jcramer@vermontlaw.edu

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