High School Basketball Players Have Their Own Professional League Now

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For decades, young athletes only had one major route to the playing professional leagues — playing for an NCAA Division I team. Today, however, talented basketball players have a chance to skip college and go professional in leagues like Overtime Elite, which pays its players six-figure salaries while prepping them for a professional career either in the NBA or abroad. Is this a positive trend that allows athletes to monetize their abilities or is it a youth sports culture taken to the apex of extremes? We’ll talk about professional high school basketball and what it means for the future of the sport.

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Sean Gregory, senior editor, Time Magazine

Len Elmore, sportscaster, lawyer and former National Basketball Association player; senior lecturer, Columbia University in the Sports Management Program

Aaron Ryan, president, Overtime