College athletes play…..
Colleges and coaches get paid….
The ‘students’ are forbidden from sharing the wealth….
The courts have ruled against the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) rules….
The NCAA is at the final door before losing…..
The dispute arose in 2014 when a group of current and former college athletes sued the NCAA in federal district court in California over its restrictions on player compensation. The players maintain that the NCAA’s rules run afoul of antitrust provisions that make it illegal for competitors — in this case colleges — to restrain competition for talent and labor.
“The NCAA and its member conferences and schools receive billions of dollars every year through the hard work, sweat, and sometimes broken bodies of student-athletes,” they wrote in a Supreme Court filing. “Coaches, assistant coaches, and athletic directors take millions in salaries.
“Yet the schools have agreed among themselves to limit what student-athletes may receive for their work in generating these extraordinary revenues,” the student athletes’ brief continued.
In a March 2019 ruling siding with the college-athletes, U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken found that NCAA’s limits on “computers, science equipment, musical instruments and other tangible items […] related to the pursuit of academic studies” were unlawful.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed that decision in May 2020.
The justices will hear arguments in the case likely this spring, with a decision expected before the term ends in late June….