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O' Bannon Judge rules NCAA violated anti-trusts laws

toad1204's picture
August 8, 2014 at 8:31pm

A federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA's limits on what major college football and men's basketball players can receive for playing sports "unreasonably restrains trade" in violation of antitrust laws.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken, in a 99-page ruling in favor of a group of plaintiffs led by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon, issued an injunction that will prevent the NCAA the "from enforcing any rules or bylaws that would prohibit its member schools and conferences from offering their FBS football or Division I basketball recruits a limited share of the revenues generated from the use of their names, images, and likenesses in addition to a full grant-in-aid."

"We disagree with the Court's decision that NCAA rules violate antitrust laws," NCAA Chief Legal Officer Donald Remy said in a statement. "We note that the Court's decision sets limits on compensation, but are reviewing the full decision and will provide further comment later. As evidenced by yesterday's Board of Directors action, the NCAA is committed to fully supporting student-athletes."

Michael A. Carrier, a Rutgers-Camden law school professor and antitrust expert, told USA TODAY Sports: "I think for the NCAA, this is a huge loss because for the first time you have a court looking at its prized defenses, things like amateurism and competitive balance, and saying this is not persuasive.

"This has to be viewed as a significant win for the plaintiffs and significant loss for NCAA."


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OSUStu's picture

Floodgates now open.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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Unky Buck's picture

Hey NCAA, guess what...

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

+3 HS
johnblairgobucks's picture

Anyone ready for top college athletes missing part of future seasons while they "hold out" for more money?  

-1 HS
toad1204's picture

Things are about to get weird.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

BuckeyePoetLaureate's picture

Seeing as how Ohio State is one of the handful of profitable ADs, this is good for us.  Other ADs will cut sports and focus on football and basketball, but they won't be able to keep up with the pay that we can offer.  We'll really only be competing with a few other schools--a dozen at most--for top employment recruits.

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