A federal court has ruled that the NCAA cannot ban schools from giving athletes money based on their name, image and likeness, and cannot impose a salary cap below $5,000. See O'Bannon v. NCAA
(N.D. Calif Aug. 8, 2014). The newspaper headlines
will call this a defeat for the NCAA, but there may be a silver lining. This interesting SBNation article
argues that the biggest winner in the ruling is the NCAA itself since it was likely going to allow schools to offer a stipend anyway, and rather than opening up the market, this ruling appears to allow the NCAA to set limits on such compensation. We followed this case in previous posts
, and will likely discuss it in more detail later. There is a lot to go through in the Court's 99 page opinion.