FILE PHOTO: The United States Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., December 14, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal by the NCAA that could change how much student-athletes are compensated for their play. The NCAA has long contended that college athletes should not be compensated beyond a scholarship, but a group of students sued the organization and contended that the rule violates federal antitrust law. 

The NCAA is appealing because a lower court ruling loosened the limits on education-related benefits such as computers, musical instruments or post-graduate scholarships in a victory for the student group. The NCAA, in its appeal, said that ruling, if allowed to stand, would threaten the tradition of college athletics by “blurring the traditional line between college and professional athletes.” Lawyers for the athletes said NCAA sports are now billion-dollar industries “through the hard work, sweat, and sometimes broken bodies of student athletes,” and yet universities already agree among themselves to limit what students can receive. Therefore, the lawyers argued, the NCAA’s rule violates a restraint of trade. 

The case doesn’t involve the larger issue of whether students should be paid by universities, but it could expand what athletes receive for their services. The NCAA is moving to change its own rules to allow third parties — but not universities — to pay college athletes for things such as autographs and endorsements. The court will hear the case by spring 2021 and make a ruling before the term ends in June. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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Supreme Court will hear NCAA case on college athlete pay – Politico – 12/16/2020
The Supreme Court will hear a landmark antitrust case against the NCAA that could upend the business model for college sports by allowing colleges to compensate student athletes.

Supreme Court to Hear NCAA’s Appeal About Athlete-Compensation Rules – Bleacher Report – 12/16/2020
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Wednesday it has accepted an appeal from the NCAA and 11 of its member conferences to hear arguments regarding amateurism rules, which have long prevented collegiate student-athletes from earning money based on their name, image and likeness.

Student-Athletes Sue NCAA Over Endorsements, Social Media Revenue – California Political Review – California Political Review – 11/25/2020
If you are a student athlete you can work as a mechanic, babysit, farm, work as an intern, you can even work as a law clerk.  But if you get paid for endorsing a product, you are a criminal in the eyes of the NCAA.  This monopolistic organization and its rules are forced upon students. 

Supreme Court says it will hear case challenging NCAA’s athlete-compensation rules – USA Today – 12/16/2020
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. Such benefits could include cash payments for academic performance. 

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