Supreme Court Considers NCAA Antitrust Case: In its decision, the high court will balance overregulation concerns with arguments of price-fixing

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The Supreme Court on March 31 heard the first antitrust dispute involving the NCAA to reach the nation’s highest tribunal in 37 years. The cases set the NCAA’s insistence that college sports can survive only if it retains discretion to limit player education-related benefits against a growing push for equitable compensation for the men and women who generate billions of dollars for universities, athletic conferences and corporate America.

Technically, the cases focus on the extent to which the NCAA can limit the educational experiences and tools provided by colleges and universities. The Supreme Court brief filed on behalf of 31 former student-athletes framed the proceeding as one in which the question of exploitation is front and center. “Despite the massive revenues generated by these sports and the ever-growing demands on student-athletes, the NCAA’s members continue to restrict the type and amount of compensation and benefits — including education-related benefits — that schools may offer in competing for recruits,” wrote their lawyers.

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Colorado Law Weekly