Key rulings coming in key college athlete payment case

The case could force the NCAA to share billions of dollars in revenues with student-athletes whose images it uses as merchandise

As a power forward for the UCLA Bruins, Ed O’Bannon won a national championship and the 1995 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player award. However, nobody could have guessed that his most lasting NCAA memory could possibly occur nearly 20 years later with a lawsuit that threatens to change the fabric of college athletics.

A district court is set to issue rulings in a case, O’Bannon v. NCAA, which could force the National Collegiate Athletic Association to share billions of dollars in revenues with student-athletes whose images are used for merchandise. While a trial in the class action case is set for June, both sides have asked U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken to decide some major antitrust issues in the case beforehand.

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