Today in Sports History: July 16

On July 16, 2008, Brandon Jennings signed a contract with Lottomatica Roma of the Italian Serie A, becoming the first player to play for a European team rather than play for a college basketball team since the NBA’s age restriction rule was put in place. Rather than play in college for a year and earn no pay, Jennings earned a 1.65 million dollar contract from Roma in addition to a 2 million dollar endorsement contract with Under Armour. After one season, Jennings was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 10th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

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