Supreme Court agrees to hear NCAA athlete compensation case


The Supreme Court will hear this landmark antitrust case involving the NCAA and what it means to be a college athlete.

The high court agreed to review a court decision in an antitrust lawsuit the NCAA has said blurred "the line between student-athletes and professionals" by removing caps on compensation that major college football and basketball players can receive.

The case was brought by former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston in 2014 when he and his attorneys argued that NCAA rules that place any limit on compensation from universities to athletes violated antitrust law.

The case will be argued in 2021, with a decision expected before the end of June.

The NCAA is in the process of changing its rules to permit athletes to be compensated for the use of their names, images and likenesses. That should open opportunities for athletes to be paid for endorsement and sponsorship deals, for appearances, and for promoting products or events on social media accounts.

More on the background of this landmark case Politico

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