Older athletes are playing longer, pushing boundaries

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A brave new sports world is dawning, as more and more athletes prolong their careers into their late 30s and early 40s. Players are rethinking how they approach their careers, planning to compete longer. Owners, general managers, and coaches are reexamining what value older players can bring to teams.

With older stars such as Tom Brady, David Ortiz, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Zdeno Chara, Boston is a prime example of this phenomenon.

No longer do teams simply cast aside players 35 or older. Instead, they gamble more on veterans, trying to predict the effects of aging and anticipate any sharp declines in performance. The franchises that predict well will enjoy a competitive advantage as older athletes stay in the game longer.

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