For quite some time, there has been a debate on the different compensation student athletes can receive while playing under the NCAA. However, on Monday, the Supreme court ruled that the NCAA cannot place a limit on the educational benefits student athletes could receive.
According to NBC News, the Supreme Court ruled that the NCAA was violating antitrust laws when it came to the amount student athletes could receive when it came to certain benefits such as paid internships, computers, tutoring, educational equipment, and more.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh said the “NCAA and its member colleges are suppressing the pay of student athletes who collectively generate billions of dollars in revenues for colleges every year. Those enormous sums of money flow to seemingly everyone except for student-athletes.”
He continued to speak on the NCAA’s argument that the popularity of college sports is a result of fans knowing that the athletes aren’t paid.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh continued, “The NCAA’s business model would be flatly illegal in almost any other industry in America. All of the restaurants in a region cannot come together to cut cooks’ wages on the theory that ‘customers prefer to eat food from low-paid cooks.”
Although this ruling did touch on education-related benefits, it did not rule on the ongoing argument that college athletes should be paid for for the use of their names and images. However, the NCAA said they would consider this month if student athletes would be compensated for their names and images.
As previously reported, back in 2019 the NCAA had unanimously voted in favor of allowing college athletes to profit from their name, image, and likeness, but said they must do so “in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.”
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