NCAA Files SCOTUS Brief Related to NIL Ruling

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The NCAA on Monday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking to have the association's governance of college sports reaffirmed as it grapples with issues related to a push for college athletes to profit from their name, image and likeness.

In a statement on the association’s website, chief legal officer Donald Remy explained that the brief argues that the lower court ruling that affirmed the legality of NIL undermines the association’s ability to govern college sports and its athletes.

"Today, we asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reaffirm that the NCAA has ample latitude to govern college sports,” NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy wrote in an “As outlined in our brief, the lower court ruling distorts federal antitrust law and, in the process, wrongly redefines amateurism and undermines the NCAA's supervision of college athletics. The ruling also encourages judicial micromanagement and invites never-ending litigation as the NCAA seeks to improve the college athletic experience. In short, the lower court ruling greatly blurs the line between college and professional sports.

The NCAA and its member schools are committed to defending the rules that govern college sports – the same rules that create an environment where hundreds of thousands of student-athletes can receive the life-long benefits of a college education and compete at the highest levels of their sport. We look forward to continuing to make our case before the Court." <

In early January, the NCAA tabled a vote that would have updated rules that dictate how athletes are allowed to benefit from NIL. The Division I Council decided it needed more information before voting on the proposal.

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