Legal Battle Takes a Chip Out of NCAA Compensation Rules
They’ve scored some points. As they prepared for March Madness, college players helping enrich elite universities found a friend in federal Judge Claudia Ann Wilken last week. She ruled that the NCAA can still restrict “amateur” athletes’ compensation, but enjoined the association from prohibiting schools from providing players with computers, science equipment and even postgraduate scholarships.
Where could this lead? Wilken reiterated charges that not paying athletes had “severe anticompetitive effects,” perhaps aiding new court challenges, while lawmakers are considering a legislative remedy. Said one players’ rep, “The game is far from over.”