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Game On! Recent Legal Developments and Tax Issues for Collegiate Athletics

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

This is a period of unprecedented change for collegiate athletics, with potentially surprising tax consequences to the parties involved. Within the past six months, a federal district court held that the antitrust laws...more

What O’Bannon Means For NCAA's Next Round Of Litigation

by Zelle LLP on

After a three-week trial and five years of litigation, the “[m]ost important trial in sports history” — O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association — concluded last month, culminating in what some have said is the...more

NCAA to Appeal O’Bannon Decision

Last Thursday, the NCAA announced that it had filed a notice of appeal of Judge Claudia Wilken’s August 8, 2014 decision in O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association et al. The appeal was widely anticipated as the...more

Judge Rules NCAA Ban on Student-Athlete Compensation Violates Antitrust Law

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On Friday, August 8, 2014, the Northern District of California determined that the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA’s) rules banning student-athletes for being compensated for the use of their names, images...more

Federal Judge Enjoins NCAA Player Likeness Rules as Illegal Price Fixing

by K&L Gates LLP on

On August 8, 2014, a California federal judge ruled that college athletes can share in the billions of dollars generated from media contracts, finding that restraints imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association...more

Court Rules Against NCAA in O’Bannon Case

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued its highly anticipated decision in the Ed O’Bannon case on August 8, 2014. The Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, a class consisting of...more

Court Rules NCAA Violated Antitrust Laws: But Did The NCAA Win By Losing?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

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...more

NCAA Cannot Bar Compensation of Student-Athletes for Use of Their Names and Likenesses, Federal Court Says

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A recent California federal court decision has further lifted the thumb on the scales that has historically benefited collegiate athletics in weighing whether their association rules violate the federal antitrust laws. ...more

NCAA’s Latest Legal Nightmare May Be Most Important

by Zelle LLP on

No doubt all eyes of the sports world are on the O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association trial, which is currently taking place in Oakland, California. SB Nation called the trial “the biggest trial in the history...more

Do Public School Athletic Leagues Have To Admit Private High Schools?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Liberty Christian Academy (LCA), a private high school in Lynchburg, Virginia, has filed an antitrust action against the Virginia High School League (VHSL), a non-profit organization of public high schools in Virginia. The...more

Bracketology 101 – A Look Ahead at Legal Issues that May Change the Face of the Final Four

This year’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament may be the last of its kind. This post explores some of the brewing legal issues that may force big changes to future “Final Fours,” and in turn, the legal rights and...more

NCAA Obtains a Vital Win on Antitrust Challenge of Athletic Aid Rules

by Mintz Levin on

In a recent federal court decision, the NCAA obtained dismissal of a claim that certain rules governing athletic grants-in-aid violated the antitrust laws. The case, Rock v. NCAA, was led by three former student-athletes and...more

Novel Approach To Opposing Class Certification Rejected

by Zelle LLP on

Originally published in Competition Law360 on March 7, 2013. Current and former student-athletes are one step closer to forcing the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its member institutions to share their...more

Three Point Shot - July 2012

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

In This Issue: - Ex-Footballers Sacked on First Play from Scrimmage in Antitrust Lawsuit Against the NCAA - OMG! LOLs No Longer Cause for SMH from the NCAA - Not Quite Harvard v. Yale (1968), ESPN Wins When...more

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