SCOTUS dunks on NCAA

June 21, 2021 at 22:21

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To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here(CNN) The US Supreme Court changed the rules on college sports Monday, determining that student athletes can be compensated, somewhat -- a decision that comes as college sports is facing a massive shift.
This particular decision clearing the way for some education-related payments may not lead to massive contracts for Division 1 recruits to major sports, but it is a huge step toward paying talented young athletes for their work, something the NCAA has been fighting for years.
A unanimous Supreme Court ruled the NCAA rules amounted to price fixing in its first look at college sports since the 1980s, when it also ruled against the NCAA and opened the floodgates for colleges to make a mint off television rights.
While the ruling was focused on the specifics of the suit, Justice Brett Kavanaugh seemed open to a much broader change in a concurring opinion.
Money quote: "Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate," Kavanaugh wrote.
"And under ordinary principles of antitrust law, it is not evident why college sports should be any different.
The NCAA is not above the law."