“These young athletes are looking forward to receiving a check.”

Assuming that a certain attorney who’s been holding things up gets her head out of her derriere, the other shoe from Alston is about to drop.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday came closer to clearing the way for more than 50,000 current and former college athletes to finally receive their shares of a $208.7 million legal settlement with the NCAA and 11 major conferences concerning the association’s current compensation limits…

The plaintiffs’ lawyers have developed a list of roughly 53,000 football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball players who are set to get some share of the settlement money, according to Wednesday’s ruling. Those who played their sport for four years will get an average of about $6,000 apiece, the ruling said.

The reason the players are about to receive settlement relief:  “The damages settlement covers scholarship athletes in Division I men’s basketball, Division I women’s basketball or Bowl Subdivision football whose award was limited by NCAA rules to basically tuition, room, board, books and fees.”  In other words, the NCAA directed schools to collude and limit the labor market in violation of federal antitrust law.

And, remember, kids, this is a settlement, so you won’t hear Donald Remy crowing about how this is some sort of vindication for the NCAA.

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17 responses to ““These young athletes are looking forward to receiving a check.”

  1. DawgByte

    “In other words, the NCAA directed schools to collude and limit the labor market in violation of federal antitrust law.”

    Since when did student athletes become “LABOR”? I bet swimmers, volleyball, gymnasts, tennis, soccer, Equestrian, rugby and baseball players are all wondering if those 50K football and basket players will forward them a percentage of that money. Fat chance!

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    • In every sport you mention except for equestrian (I have no idea if there is such a thing as professional equestrian), every athlete has the ability to become a professional whenever they want to. The NCAA and the conferences took advantage of that to limit what payments could be made to those student-athletes who can’t become professionals due to union closed shops.

      The NCAA and the conferences settled the case because they knew they were going to lose and didn’t want to be dragged through the mud during a trial.

      Pretty much this gives those who would have been eligible for the cost of attendance stipend during the period of the statute of limitations their payment.

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      • JCDawg83

        Other than football and basketball every athlete has the ability to become professional whenever they want. Correct that problem and the paying the players problem goes away.

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        • I agree with that. I still think there’s a middle ground between a pure market-based compensation scheme where the schools pay the student-athlete directly and the current “amateurism” model. Let the athletes in all sports market their name and likeness.

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          • JCDawg83

            I can see the problem with it though. Marketing name and likeness would be an open invitation for cheating. It would be like politicians writing books about themselves and lobbying groups or Soros type individuals and their “foundations” buying up millions of dollars worth of copies. Automobile dealerships could give cars and trucks as “demos” for players, wealthy boosters could buy thousands of autographs, the opportunities for corruption are endless. There’s too much money in FBS college football for things to be clean. It’s already bad. Opening up the doors to player compensation would create an out of control situation.

            I’d rather see things go in the D3 direction than the NFL direction in college football.

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            • As long as everyone pays the taxes due, whose business is it that Jake Fromm is driving a truck from Akins Ford that they provided in exchange for his appearance in a commercial? The system is already corrupt beyond measure … I assume you’ve read the SB Nation article about the bagmen. At least the ability to market your name and likeness brings the money out of the shadows.

              Why doesn’t a university force a student who gets an academic scholarship that is the equivalent in value to an athletic scholarship to sign away all of the rights to their name, likeness and intellectual property during their time in school? Because a parent of a student would never let them do it and another school would say, “Why would you want to go to that school since you can’t become the next Michael Dell?” Come to our school, and if you come up with a great idea, we want you to develop it here.

              The problem is that these schools have banded together under the NCAA rules to do exactly that by forming a price-fixing cartel … that’s what Judge Wilken is slowly busting up.

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    • By the way, guess what? The NCAA currently limits the number of scholarships available to athletes participating in those sports. A high number of them are on partial scholarships only (here are the limits for the current academic year – Source: http://scholarshipstats.com/ncaalimits.html).

      Swimming 9.9 – so I assume that is for both men’s & women’s
      Volleyball 4.5 – you can’t even field a team for that
      Gymnastics 6.3 – once again, you can’t field a full competitive team on that
      Tennis 4.5 – partial scholarships required to field a team
      Soccer 9.9 – needless to say, a soccer team can’t play with 10 players
      Equestrian & rugby – not listed
      Baseball 11.7 – partial are required

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      • JCDawg83

        I can tell you Equestrian is all partial scholarships. I don’t know the number but most riders on scholarship only get a couple thousand dollars a year. Out of state riders can get in state tuition, that is usually the biggest benefit.

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        • I have friend whose son plays golf at Wake. No one plays college golf on a full athletic scholarship. They may get merit or need-based aid in addition, but they typically have financial skin in the game.

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        • AthensHomerDawg

          My uncle, a retired navy chief and cutthroat developer once said that between boats,mistresses and horses, horses were by far the most expensive and least enjoyable .

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    • CB

      No other sport has the same demand as football and basketball. Therefore they get the money. That’s capitalism.

      Btw it became “labor” when the NLRB decided that college athletes were employees.

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      • Rocksalt

        When the dam breaks, I dont think the Title IX lawyers are going to pack up and go home when someone says “capitalism”.

        I concur, by the way. These sports make the money. But, I have a suspicion that all of the scholarship nuances in the world aren’t going to matter when the ladies’ basketball team is sitting out in front of the courthouse fielding questions on the “pay gap”.

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  2. AlphaDawg

    Don’t the lawyers typically get 1/3 of a settlement?

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  3. DawgPhan

    The endgame to these lawsuits is pretty damaging to the NCAA main sources of revenue. And the support that they have enjoyed in the past seems to be eroding. And they could take a step in the right direction by just allowing regular people to support their favorite players directly.

    buy the tv rights from the players with the scholarship, stipend, training, and coaching and then allow them to participate in the likeness market otherwise.

    Conferences could make their own rules

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    • That’s exactly what NCAA and the conferences should do. Allow athletes across all sports to be compensated for their name and likeness. Allow the conferences to compete with one another on how it’s done.

      As long as the payments are treated as income and the student-athletes pays the income taxes due, who cares?

      Someone with a Foundation Fellow academic scholarship doesn’t have the restriction that they can’t earn outside income through a job, a business venture, etc. Why should a student-athlete who has a similar scholarship be restricted from the same activities? If Malcolm Mitchell writes a children’s book while he’s in school, why can’t he profit from its sales while he attended classes at UGA? If Katie Ledecky wants to endorse a product, why can’t she profit from the fact that she has a marketable name and image while she swims & studies at Stanford?

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  4. 904DawgBiscuit

    Senator, that redirect advertising bug is back. It only redirects me when I’m on my mobile using the chrome browser for Android. I’ve been able to avoid it by selecting to view the desktop site while on my phone but it does it every time I try to view the mobile site.

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