The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision Monday ruled that the NCAA has gone too far in restricting access to education-related benefits to student-athletes.
The court’s ruling concluded the NCAA to be in violation of antitrust laws by curbing the amount students could receive for things such as postgraduate scholarships to paid internships.
In other words, Executive Director of the Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova Law School Andrew Brandt sums up today’s events quite nicely:
Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion of the court on this matter:
Gorsuch said this ruling may provide “…student-athletes a measure of compensation more consistent with the value they bring to their schools.”
It’s a subtle acknowledgment of the overarching discussion surrounding amateurism in college athletics and the outdated business model of the NCAA.
Fellow Justice Brett Kavanaugh provided a concurring opinion with a much simpler message:
“The NCAA is not above the law,” Kavanaugh said.
Today’s events become part of the greater tapestry in the NCAA’s fight against embracing a pay-for-play business model with its student-athletes.
Numerous states have already passed legislation regarding compensation for name, image, and likeness.
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In the meantime, Andrew Brandt believes that the message from Kavanaugh sets up future cases against the NCAA.
“Who knew that Justice Brett Kavanaugh would be the champion for the U.S. Supreme Court for student-athlete rights?” Brandt said on the Pat McAfee Show.