NCAA appeal of antitrust ruling rejected by Supreme Court

It seems as though we will have to wait a little bit longer to be able to NCAA Football on Playstation. The Supreme Court has decided to uphold a ruling that stated the NCAA’s rules of amateurism violated federal antitrust laws.

They likewise rejected a separate appeal to reinstate a plan to pay student-athletes beyond the cost of their tuition.

Originally filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon in 2014, U.S. district judge Claudia Wilken decided that it was unlawful for the NCAA to use a players likeness without offering any type of compensation. Judge Wilken ruled that schools could pay their athletes up to $5,000 a year, though they were under no obligation to do so.

The money would be put in a trust that would be made available upon their graduation. The ruling to pay players up to $5,000 a year has been overturned, though the anti-trust violation ruling was upheld.

The NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said, ”While we are disappointed with this decision not to review this case, we remain pleased that the 9th Circuit agreed with us that amateurism is an essential component of college sports and that NCAA members should not be forced by the courts to provide benefits untethered to education, including providing any payments beyond the full cost of attendance,”

The decision has left neither side happy, with players feeling they deserve a slice of the massive amounts of revenue they create for their schools. The NCAA, meanwhile, is still subject to legal action as several other matters work their way through the courts.

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