SCOTUS Ignores NCAA Athlete’s Complaints About Pay

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The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider whether the NCAA is in violation of federal antitrust law by restricting collegiate athletes from monetary compensation.

Edward C. O’Bannon Jr., a former NBA player, filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the Supreme Court March 14. A writ of certiorari is an order by which a higher court reviews a decision of a lower court. The Supreme Court denied the writ Monday, according to SCOTUS blog.

The justices denied the appeals of both the NCAA and a group of former college athletes that sued for the rights of their names and images used by the association.

The case first saw national attention when it reached U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken, who thinks that in addition to tuition, universities should be able to provide monetary compensation to help bring the best athletes to their school, Bloomberg reports. Wilken said university athletes should be allowed to receive in excess of $5,000 in compensation above the cost of tuition, in order to make the market for college athletes more competitive.

A federal appeals court then ruled that athletes can receive the full cost of tuition, but that Wilken’s ruling on extra compensation is not applicable, according to Bloomberg. For now, the case will not be heard by the Supreme Court.

The writ can be found here.

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