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Attorneys React To NCAA Student-Athlete Pay Ruling

9.30.15

Scott Schneider was quoted in Law360 on September 30, 2015. In the article “Attorneys React To NCAA Student-Athlete Pay Ruling” attorneys discussed why the decision in Edward O’Bannon Jr. v. NCAA et al. case was significant.

Scott said, "I think this is a major victory for the NCAA. Lawyers on multiple fronts are challenging the NCAA’s requirement that universities not compensate athletes who play sports. The Ninth Circuit’s decision affirms this amateurism model and makes clear that the refusal to provide anything other than education-related compensation is precisely what distinguishes college athletics and its 'particular brand of football' from minor league sports. This is a significant determination and will make life difficult for subsequent challenges to the amateurism model. While the NCAA can’t be pleased with the determination that its rules are subject to antitrust scrutiny, that’s a small lost battle in a larger war challenging the amateurism model. Today’s ruling was a victory for the NCAA in that war."

To read the full article, please visit Law360.

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