Court rules NCAA violates antitrust law in ban on paying players for likenesses

Despite ruling for O’Bannon, Judge Wilken left many current NCAA rules in place

Is Ed O’Bannon's lawsuit the first domino to fall in--as NCAA President Mark Emmert recently commented--“the end of college sports as we know it”? While the sky may not yet be falling, a federal court’s recent interpretation of antitrust law does have interesting ramifications for college sports moving forward.

On August 8, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled that the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) ban on paying players for their likenesses is in violation of U.S. antitrust law. In doing so, Judge Wilken issued an injunction that prohibits college sports’ governing body from imposing rules that ban schools from offering players “a limited share of the revenues generated from the use of their names, images, and likenesses.”

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Zach Warren

Zach Warren is Assistant Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, where he oversees online content submissions and administers InsideCounsel's enewsletters. Zach specializes in new media and multimedia...

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