Supreme Court to Hear Anti-Trust Case Against NCAA About Player Compensation

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The United States Supreme Court announced today that it would take up a case that has challenged NCAA rules regarding player compensation.

Last year, a US district court ruled that the NCAA was in violation of federal antitrust laws in a suit filed by Shawne Alston, a former football player at West Virginia. The ruling was upheld by an appeals court this past May. The NCAA then appealed to the Supreme Court.

“If the lower courts’ rulings are allowed to stand and the NCAA continues to be found in violation of antitrust law, it would lose its ability to determine, on a nationwide basis, the rules about the types and amounts of education-related benefits schools can give athletes,” reports USA Today. “Such benefits could include cash payments for academic performance.”

A ruling against the NCAA would allow scholarship offers to exceed the value of the education. Schools would then have to compete with each other for athletes, providing things such as fellowships for grad school or paid internships post-eligibility.

Jeffrey Kessler, a lawyer for the players who has previously sparred with the NFL, relishes the chance to fight in Supreme Court:

In an issued statement responding to the suit, the NCAA hints at giving greater benefits to players at its own discretion and expresses hope of avoiding further regulation and oversight:

Between this lawsuit, and states like Florida and California pushing for name, image, and likeness rights for players, the way of doing business in college sports could change dramatically in the coming years.



Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. As I mentioned when universities started cutting non-revenue sports as COVID played out…….it had little to do with COVID. Rather it was an opportunity for academia to shed their hated rival in athletics and also an opportunity to save money for when they have to pay the players on teams that actually make money.

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