A federal magistrate judge on Monday awarded lawyers representing the plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the NCAA’s athlete-compensation limits $33.2 million in attorney’s fees and costs.
The case is on appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but if the award stands, it means the NCAA will have had to pay a total of more than $75 million to plaintiffs’ lawyers in connection with two antitrust cases that have been a major part of the college sports landscape over the past 10 years.
The NCAA and various conference co-defendants have combined to spend millions more defending the cases, although some of those costs have been offset by insurance.
Forget that this money could have been spent on player compensation. How about spending it to increase scholarships in programs like baseball? Assholes.