The NCAA’s rules restricting compensation for student-athletes have been repeatedly challenged under the antitrust laws. Courts have generally found the NCAA cannot lawfully restrict education-related benefits but can restrict other forms of compensation because these restrictions preserve the amateur status of college athletes, which ostensibly drives demand for college sports (i.e., serves a pro-competitive purpose). But this justification will be put to the test by recent legislation passed by several states, which permits student-athletes to receive compensation for their names, images, and likenesses. If these laws go into effect and demand for college sports does not decrease, then the NCAA will struggle to defend its rules against future antitrust challenges.
MoginRubin Attorney, Tim LaComb will be hosting the 1 hour long CLE on July 22nd at 11:00am PST
Key topics to be discussed:
• The NCAA’s rules restricting student-athlete compensation violate the antitrust laws absent a pro-competitive justification.
• Courts have consistently permitted restrictions on non-education-related compensation, finding these restrictions serve the pro-competitive purpose of protecting the amateur status of college athletes.
• Recent legislation passed by several states will challenge whether demand for college sports is tethered to the amateur status of its athletes; if not, the NCAA will struggle to defend its rules against future antitrust challenges.