The NCAA Continues Opposition of Class Certification in Scholarship Antitrust Actions

On Tuesday September 8, 2015, the NCAA continued its opposition of class certification in a multidistrict antitrust litigation, which seeks to reduce NCAA restrictions on scholarship caps for Bowl Subdivision D-1 football players and for men’s and women’s basketball teams. The lawsuits, filed on behalf of past and current NCAA athletes, also aim to reduce restrictions on what schools can offer their players—like compensation, for example.

The plaintiff’s initial filing seeking class certification came in April 2015. For the individual cases to be certified, …

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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 …

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Collegiate Athletes Bring in a Ringer for New Action Against NCAA

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) is currently defending student amateurism on several fronts across the country in legal battles with big potential monetary implications.  In one ongoing lawsuit, former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon leads a class action on behalf of former and current NCAA players, alleging that the organization’s practice of licensing and profiting from student images and likenesses without their consent violates federal antitrust laws.  Elsewhere, Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter organized a union movement at the school and requested that the National …

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