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Supreme Court Upholds Limits On High School Sports Recruiting

Washington (AP) -- A long-standing dispute over high school sports recruiting ended Thursday when the Supreme Court ruled against a Tennessee football powerhouse.

The high court said that athletic associations can enforce limits designed to protect students from exploitation and distorted competition.

The private Brentwood Academy near Nashville challenged a rule of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, which governs high school sports in the state.

The association bars schools from contacting prospective students about their sports programs.

The school argued that the restriction violated its free-speech rights.

The dispute arose from an invitation letter that Brentwood’s football coach sent to a dozen eighth-graders in 1997 attend spring training.

The students already had been accepted and signed enrollment contracts for the fall.

Justice John Paul Stevens said games have rules and it was only fair that Brentwood follow them.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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