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Report: There will be no age limit for 2016 Rio Olympics

Aug 9, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Tyson Chandler AP

FIBA is a beurocratic institution of the old-school order. The Olympics even more so.

So it shouldn’t be a shock that the idea of change — turning the Olympic men’s basketball tournament into an under-23 event — is not something that is going to happen quickly.

Meaning not by the games in Brazil in 2016, according to a report by Ian Thompson at Sports Illustrated.

The NBA’s interest in pursuing an age ceiling for Olympic basketball is “unlikely” to be instituted in time for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, according to the source, who has direct knowledge of the talks involving the International Olympic Committee and FIBA, the international ruling body for basketball….

But the source stressed that quick action on an age limitation is highly unrealistic for FIBA. Passage of the new rule will require the ratification of 213 national basketball federations around the world — the sporting equivalent of the United Nations. The involvement of the IOC will further complicate the talks.

Players have almost universally opposed the idea of changing the Olympics, an idea pushed by David Stern on behalf of the NBA owners. Players like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and even guys who missed out this year (Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard) want to have the control and the option.

This is a money grab by the owners — they don’t like “their” star players taking part in a big tournament that generates a lot of money and they don’t get a piece of it. The NBA wants to partner with FIBA to boost the World Cup (or start their own event).

The NBA stars have the ultimate power here — if they promise to boycott a World Cup event this idea will die fast. It may anyway, it’s going to take a lot of persuading (meaning money) to get the other countries on board.

Meaning, it’s not happening in the next couple years before qualification for Rio begins.

  1. axisofweasels - Aug 9, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    totally beurocratic

  2. hay1111 - Aug 9, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    We dont care about the age limit! Why is there at least 2 posts a day about it?!?!

  3. okcallday - Aug 9, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Cute spelling of bureaucratic, Kurt. Jesus man, it’s really not that hard to proofread. Do it for your credibility’s sake.

  4. qmizzle - Aug 9, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    NBA does not control all of Basketball. The rest of the world was playing under these rules b4 USA decided to put pros. And they’ll continue after they pull them.

  5. xli2006 - Aug 9, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Been waiting a few years to find something that I agree with David Stern on… still waiting. This man has a long list of pretty average ideas. Stern (and Selig) should probably seek retirement sooner then later.

  6. manchestermiracle - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    I understand doing all you can to improve your brand and make more money for the people you work for (the owners, of course). But at some point you must realize that you can actually do yourself some long-term damage by always making it all about money. Get wise and leave the Olympics alone, Stern!

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