O’Bannon Case: NCAA Urges For Court’s Clarification
In the wake of last week’s O’Bannon ruling, the NCAA has requested for clarification of the court’s injunction. Judge Claudia Wilken wrote that the injunction would not be applicable to student-athletes enrolled in college before July 1, 2016 or after the next recruiting cycle.
The next recruiting cycle, however, focuses on student-athletes first entering in Fall 2016. Further, new recruits may receive offer letters as early as August 1, 2015, the first day colleges can offer scholarships to their recruits in the 2016-17 class under the current NCAA rules. While the NCAA interprets the relevant language to refer to compensation for players first enrolling after July 1, 2016, it wants the court’s clarification that the existing NCAA rules remain effective until August 1, 2015.