AP NewsBreak: NBA defends age minimum to Congress - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

AP NewsBreak: NBA defends age minimum to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) - The NBA is defending its minimum age requirement to Congress, but a critical lawmaker is unmoved and wants to meet with top league officials to discuss it.

NBA President Joel Litvin told Rep. Steve Cohen in a recent letter that the age requirement increases the chances that players can perform at a high level. The policy requires that players be at least 19 years old and a year out of high school before entering the league.

But Cohen, a Tennessee Democrat who had urged the league to drop the requirement, told Litvin in a letter Monday that he was concerned that players are being harmed by the rule. He asked to meet with Litvin and Commissioner David Stern. The letters were obtained by The Associated Press.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Historic mausoleum getting repairs for the first time in years

    Historic mausoleum getting repairs for the first time in years

    Monday, July 16 2018 6:51 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:51:54 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 8:12 PM EDT2018-07-17 00:12:40 GMT
    Linwood Mausoleum sits on a hillside in the cemetery (Source: KAIT)Linwood Mausoleum sits on a hillside in the cemetery (Source: KAIT)
    Linwood Mausoleum sits on a hillside in the cemetery (Source: KAIT)Linwood Mausoleum sits on a hillside in the cemetery (Source: KAIT)

    A historic mausoleum is getting upgrades for the first time in many years.

    A historic mausoleum is getting upgrades for the first time in many years.

  • Judge sets man's bond at $200k in separate cases

    Judge sets man's bond at $200k in separate cases

    Monday, July 16 2018 5:17 PM EDT2018-07-16 21:17:47 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 5:47 PM EDT2018-07-16 21:47:37 GMT
    Brenton Austin Montgomery (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)Brenton Austin Montgomery (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
    Brenton Austin Montgomery (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)Brenton Austin Montgomery (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

    When a judge set his bond at $100,000 a man suspected of aggravated residential burglary had just one thing to say to the judge: “Good bond.” But, the judge wasn’t finished. And neither was the suspect.

    When a judge set his bond at $100,000 a man suspected of aggravated residential burglary had just one thing to say to the judge: “Good bond.” But, the judge wasn’t finished. And neither was the suspect.

  • Suspect arrested after holding knife to woman's throat, kicking and spitting on officer

    Suspect arrested after holding knife to woman's throat, kicking and spitting on officer

    Monday, July 16 2018 5:01 PM EDT2018-07-16 21:01:41 GMT
    Joshua Runyan (Source: Mississippi Co Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)Joshua Runyan (Source: Mississippi Co Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)
    Joshua Runyan (Source: Mississippi Co Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)Joshua Runyan (Source: Mississippi Co Sheriff's Office via Vinelink)

    A Manila man is facing a long list of drug and assault charges after deputies say he held a knife to his girlfriend's throat.  

    A Manila man is facing a long list of drug and assault charges after deputies say he held a knife to his girlfriend's throat.  

Powered by Frankly