The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously sided with a group of former college athletes, ruling that the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s tight limits on education-related compensation — things like computers and graduate scholarships — violates antitrust law.
The nation’s high court, in an opinion by Justice Neil Gorsuch, upheld lower court rulings that said the NCAA illegally limited schools on competing for talent by offering better education-related benefits, such as pay for tutoring and science equipment.
The court rejected the NCAA’s argument that offering compensation through education-related benefits would alienate fans who appreciate players’ amateur status.
The ruling means that the NCAA cannot prevent schools from offering compensation beyond tuition costs, such as scholarships for graduate school or study-abroad programs, for student athletes.
However, the compensation must be related to education. The NCAA’s rules that restrict athletes from being paid to play or for endorsing products were not in question before the court.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Will Feuer