The NCAA has finally received good news in the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit. It was ruled that former and current athletes will be eligible to receive compensation for the use of their likeness on television.
It seems as though that ruling may be pushed back for a little while.
College Basketball Talk reported that the NCAA won an appeal for a stay of injunction. The ruling was supposed to go into effect on August 1.
Had the appeal been denied, money for current and future athletes would have gone into a trust fund until the completion of their eligibility. The stay will be in place until the appeals court makes a final decision on the injunction.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany issued a statement at the media days earlier this week.
“The NCAA council and the (Division I) NCAA board of directors has been meeting all week to talk about the changes that may be necessary under NCAA rules to accommodate the judge’s ruling,” Delany said during the Big Ten’s annual football media days. “As you know, a request for stay has been requested. A judge hasn’t rule on that yet, but we hope we’ll get a favorable ruling. We may or we may not. We’re also hoping the 9th circuit issues a ruling before August first, that’s just today and tomorrow. It may happen or it may not.
“But once we understand what the NCAA rule changes are, I’m sure there will be lots of details that need to be addressed and we’ll do that.”
Athletes could receive no less than $5,040 for the use of their image and name.
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