CLARETT WINS SUIT
Interesting: Judge Says Clarett Can Be in NFL Draft
A federal judge today ordered the National Football League to allow former Ohio State tailback Maurice Clarett to enter the draft in April.
In a 70-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin said the league’s draft eligibility rule, which prohibits a player from entering the draft until three years after high school, violates anti-trust laws.
The NFL has vigorously defended the rule, hoping to avoid the sort of infusion of young players into the league that has created problems for the NBA, and almost certainly will appeal the ruling. Gene Upshaw, the head of the NFL Players Association, said repeatedly that he was against Clarett being allowed to enter the draft.
Good. I don’t have any background in labor law, so don’t know what impact the fact that the NFL and the Players’ Association have agreed to the exclusion has, but it seems fundamentally unfair to exclude an adult for a rather arbitrary reason.