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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Former College Athletes

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The Supreme Court ruled Monday unanimously in favor of student-athletes in regards to challenging the NCCA in compensation. However, this particular case deals with student-athletes educational benefits but does not deal with the Name Image and Likeness. Also, the case directly deals with football and basketball as those are the sports bringing the most attention to the schools.

The law in which the case is based on the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890. The act in principle is a law that prevents organizations from forming monopolies.

In the concurring opinion Justice Brett Kavanaugh released the following statement.

“The NCAA couches its arguments for not paying student athletes in innocuous labels. But the labels cannot disguise the reality: The NCAA’s business model would be flatly illegal in almost any other industry in America.”

Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh

In analyzing the previous statement just made the best defense for the NCCA is the amateurism rule. However, with the court ruling only on academic benefits, the question is, where does this go to compensation.

How does the Supreme Court’s Decision Impact College Athletics Going Further?

Though Monday’s decision can be considered a momentous day regarding compensation for players, this only deals with academics. With the controversy regarding paying players been a problem in recent years, that is the next biggest question regarding if that day will come. However, another component from today’s case is this only covers basketball and football. So when will the other sports receive the benefits from today’s decision is also unknown.

However, another problem for the NCCA will begin July 1 when six states allow Name Image and Likeness. Today’s decision by the Supreme Court will pressure the NCCA and how they will respond before July 1. The next few weeks can change the landscape of college sports and today’s ruling might be the first domino to fall in a changing landscape.

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