SCOTUS Rules that the NCAA may not Limit Education-Related Benefits for Student-Athletes

The United States Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) cannot limit education-related benefits that schools may offer to student-athletes, on Monday.

The Supreme Court ruled that the limit on benefits that student-athletes may receive from their schools violated antitrust laws.

Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the court saying “By permitting colleges and universities to offer enhanced education-related benefits, [the lower court’s decision] may encourage scholastic achievement and allow student-athletes a measure of compensation more consistent with the value they bring to their schools,” in the ruling.

The ruling means that the NCAA may not prohibit schools from providing other education-related benefits to Division I basketball and football players.

Lawyer for the former college athletes who brought the case, Steve Berman said, “We’re thrilled with the decision. It opens the door for further challenges to the NCAA’s biased compensation practices.”

“This is the fair treatment college athletes deserve,” the lawyer also said.


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