Lawsuit Over Athletes' Rights Challenges NCAA's Principles of Amateurism

Legal Dispute Over Athletes' Rights Challenges NCAA's Principles of Amateurism 1

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The ruling hands the plaintiffs, who include the former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, a win in a case that threatens the NCAA's principles of amateurism.

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The ruling hands the plaintiffs, who include the former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, a win in a case that threatens the NCAA's principles of amateurism.

Four years ago, when Ed O'Bannon filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, he had a fairly straightforward grievance. The former UCLA basketball standout argued that he and other former star players deserved a slice of the multimillion-dollar revenue the association brings in from the sale of video games and other commercial products that used their likenesses.

Since then Mr. O'Bannon's complaint has broadened to include potentially