Sunday, November 28, 2021

Supreme Court refunds payment to student-athletes

Washington – Supreme Court ruled unanimously On Monday, the NCAA can’t stop paying student-athletes relatively modest in the name of amateurism. The decision, based on antitrust law, comes as increasing pressure on the business model of college sports.

Last year, a Federal Appeals Court ruled That the NCAA was not free to limit education benefits for Division I football and basketball players. The decision allowed payments for things like musical instruments, scientific equipment, postgraduate scholarships, tuition, study abroad, academic awards and internships. It did not allow lump sum payment of salary.

The court rejected the NCAA’s argument that compensating athletes would alienate sports fans who prize students’ amateur status. Chief Justice Sidney R. Thomas wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, “Uncapping certain education-related benefits will sustain consumer demand for college athletics as well as challenging regulations.” ” San Francisco.

The last time the Supreme Court considered how antitrust laws applied to the association was in 1984, ruling that its restrictions on television coverage of college football games were unlawful. But the decision National Collegiate Athletic Association vs University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, contains an impressive route on student-athletes.

Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the majority in that case, “The NCAA plays an important role in the maintenance of the respected tradition of amateurism in college sports.” “There can be no question, but sufficient latitude is needed to play that role, or that student-athlete patronage in higher education adds richness and diversity to intercollegiate athletics and is fully in line with the goals of “anticollegiate laws”. .

The Biden administration filed a brief supporting the athletes in the new case, National Collegiate Athletic Association vs Alston, No. 20-512, saying that the Ninth Circuit strikes the right balance by focusing on educational expenses.

Aside from the pandemic, no issue has engulfed the NCAA more than student-athletes’ rights in recent years, including whether they can benefit from their fame.

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