That’s all on O’Bannon.

Meaning, the Ninth Circuit ruling stands and as a result, the NCAA has violated federal antitrust law.  It’s just the damages they’ll be haggling over in the future.

I wonder if we’ll hear from Stacey Osburn.


UPDATE:  Nothing from Ms. Osburn, but Donald Remy issued a statement.

“The U.S. Supreme Court denied both the plaintiffs’ and NCAA’s request to clarify key issues of law affecting the NCAA and other similar organizations. In asking for the review, we hoped the court would take the opportunity to affirm its own 30-year precedent in the Board of Regents antitrust decision and support the appellate court’s now final endorsement of amateur college sports.

While we are disappointed with this decision not to review this case, we remain pleased that the Ninth Circuit agreed with us that amateurism is an essential component of college sports and that NCAA members should not be forced by the courts to provide benefits untethered to education, including providing any payments beyond the full cost of attendance.

We continue to believe, and many other appellate courts have agreed, that the NCAA membership agreements to advance college sports are not violations of the antitrust laws.  We will continue to strongly advance that legal position in other litigation.  Further, the Court’s determination to not hear the case will not deter our members from continuing to provide students with academic opportunities, safeguarding their health and well-being and creating fair policies centered on the student-athlete experience.”

Translation:  full speed ahead on being greedy bastards!


Filed under See You In Court, The NCAA

5 responses to “That’s all on O’Bannon.

  1. jt (the other one)

    Good! Screw the National Communist Athletic Association!

  2. Ben

    A comment from the spokesperson? That’s like getting a fair deal from Lois Lerner.

  3. Dawgfan Will

    All I want to know is how this affects EA Sports efforts to produce a new NCAA Football game.

    Selfish of me, I know, but the heart wants what the heart wants.

  4. Mark

    Hard for me to understand why the left and the right aren’t against the NCAA in this one. The right, because they should be embracing economic freedom, and the left because they should be embracing the underdog students/athletes/employees.

    Sooner or later this will all come crashing down on the NCAA unless they get an anti-trust exemption or the courts begin to side with them a little more.

  5. 69Dawg

    Just another lawyer polishing a turd. The concussion law suit judgments will eventually end college football as we know it. Not even the WWL will be able to pay enough to keep it afloat.