Just a reminder that the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments for the Alston appeal. You can read a good summary of what’s at stake here, but here’s a succinct reminder that, when push comes to shove, amateurism abides:
If Alston wins, would that mark the end of amateurism?
No. “Amateurism” is a label used to define a set of NCAA rules that govern college sports and that, by prohibiting certain types of commercial opportunities, attempt to distinguish college athletes from professional ones. These rules have changed over the years—including through reforms sparked by Ed O’Bannon’s litigation—and will continue to evolve, regardless of the Court’s forthcoming ruling. Nothing will “end” amateurism as much as change it.