Originally Posted by V Man
I believe this line supplies the hidden meaning that the court was trying to express. NFL is a private business and they can set the requirements for employment, just like a bank or a major company that requires a certain degree.
I would be shocked to learn (but I confess I don't know) that in the U.S. a bank could say it would only hire employees who were white, or male, or under the age of 25.
The NFL doesn't require a player to obtain anything, like a degree, a certificate, or training. It merely imposes a discriminatory (age) standard.