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US Supreme Court Rejects NCAA’s Bid Against College Athletes

By Taruka Srivastav | June 21, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA’s) bid for broad antitrust immunity which can result in NCAA loosen grip over college athletes with regards to potential benefits while competing.

The Supreme Court upheld a federal district court order which allows member schools to provide more education-related benefits to student-athletes, including computers and internships.

The entire debate has been about athletes protesting NCAA rules limiting educational benefits for college players as part of their scholarships.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh said: “The NCAA is essentially acting above the law in how it treats athletes. 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. 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.”

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