The Supreme Court will not consider the Ed O’Bannon antitrust case against the NCAA.
As reported by USA TODAY Sports on Monday, the court said it would not hear the case after both sides asked the justices to do so. The case turned into a test about the legality of the NCAA’s limits on what top-level football and men’s basketball players can receive for playing college sports and for the use of their names, images and likeness in live television broadcasts, rebroadcasts and video games.
The choice by the court means the 9th Circuit dual rulings that the NCAA’s regulations are subject to antitrust scrutiny and that “cash sums untethered to educational expenses” are not required remain intact.
“While we are disappointed with this decision not to review this case, we remain pleased that the Ninth Circuit 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,” NCAA Chief Legal Officer Donald Remy said in statement to USA TODAY Sports. “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.”