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NCAA lawsuit dismissal reversed

The 7th Circuit reversed a federal judge's dismissal of a 2009 case against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) filed by a group of consumers from New York, Arizona and Oregon claiming that the Indianapolis-based NCAA's lottery for tickets to sports tournaments produced unlawful profits.

In a 2-1 decision, the court decided to send the case back to lower court because the NCAA's actions may violate Indiana law prohibiting any entity other than the state from running a lottery. The suit is the result of a $6 to $10 "handling fee" charged to entry into the lottery, even for applicants who don't receive tickets. Judge Richard Cudahy dissented, saying that the defendants were aware that a blind lottery was possible and that Indiana's lottery law doesn't apply to sales pursuant of a valid contract.

Kayleigh Roberts

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