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NBA modifies "four-year rule" for hardship

Updated: June 18, 2002, 4:39 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

June 24, 1971

Stung by the American Basketball Association's tactics of early signings of top college stars and after a court rules in favor of college dropout Spencer Haywood, the National Basketball Association modifies its so-called "four-year rule." It permits college players who are hardship cases to join the league.

Under the revised rule, a player who has not completed his college education may request permission to join an NBA team. The player must prove he is a hardship ...

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