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SBD/November 25, 2013/Colleges
NCAA Under Pressure To Make Major Changes, Not Ready To Consider Paying Athletes
Published November 25, 2013
QUICK LOOK: ESPN.com's Lester Munson reported a group of current and former college athletes are "now telling a federal judge that she need take only a 'quick look' at their lawsuit to conclude that they should all be paid." The assertion comes in a recently filed demand in the O'Bannon antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA for "an injunction that would bar the NCAA from enforcing its rule against paying student-athletes anything beyond their scholarships." The "quick look" idea enjoys a "historic place in the law that governs college sports." It was "critical to the triumph of major college football programs in the 1984 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in NCAA v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma." The players who are now demanding payment for use of their names, images and likenesses are "relying both on the 'quick look' procedure and the substance of the ruling in the Board of Regents decision" (ESPN.com, 11/22).