On June 21, 2021, the Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Northern District of California’s findings in National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Alston concerning the NCAA’s rules limiting college athlete compensation. Leaving no doubt about the need for existential change from within the NCAA, the Supreme Court agreed that the NCAA’s compensation limits for “education-related benefits” violate Section 1 of the Sherman Act . In so doing, the Court rejected the NCAA’s primary argument that it should be granted deference in setting rules on compensation, noting that the NCAA was correctly subjected to a “Rule of Reason” analysis by the district court, which had been affirmed by the Ninth Circuit . The Supreme Court also rejected the NCAA’s long-standing and incorrect use of Board
The US Supreme Court unanimously affirms that a school sports association’s compensation limits for “education-related benefits” violate antitrust law (NCAA / Alston)
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