NCAA Asks Supreme Court to Review Benefits Injunction

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The NCAA is asking the United States Supreme Court to review a ruling that found that the NCAA violated antitrust law by limiting student-athletes’ education-related benefits.

According to USA Today, the NCAA petitioned the Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn a March 2019 injunction in which U.S. district judge Claudia Wilken ruled that the “NCAA’s limits on compensation for athletes in major college football and basketball were in violation of antitrust laws and an unreasonable restraint on trade.”

“The NCAA’s longstanding commitment, supported by its schools and conferences, is to provide student-athletes with the educational benefits they need to succeed in school and beyond. While the District Court upheld the distinction between full-time students who play college sports and professional athletes, it erred by giving itself authority to micromanage decisions about education-related support,” NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement. “We believe, and the Supreme Court has recognized, that NCAA member schools and conferences are best positioned to strengthen and revise their rules to better support student-athletes, rather than forcing these issues into continuous litigation. The NCAA and conference defendants unanimously agree to appeal the District Court’s decision.”

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