In a California Courtroom, Amateurism in College Sports Goes on Trial

NCAA and Athletes Lay Out Legal Strategies in Antitrust Trial 1

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The plaintiffs include Ed O’Bannon, a former UCLA basketball star, and other current and former Division I men’s basketball players and bowl-subdivision football players. They contend that the NCAA has unfairly prevented them from earning a share of the billions of dollars of revenue the association brings in from television broadcasts and other commercial products in which they appear.

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The plaintiffs include Ed O’Bannon, a former UCLA basketball star, and other current and former Division I men’s basketball players and bowl-subdivision football players. They contend that the NCAA has unfairly prevented them from earning a share of the billions of dollars of revenue the association brings in from television broadcasts and other commercial products in which they appear.

The first of several major antitrust claims against the National Collegiate Athletic Association is set to go to trial in federal court here on Monday. The case, which challenges one of the NCAA’s bedrock principles—that players can’t be paid for the commercial use of their names or images—threatens the association’s longstanding rules on amateurism.

The plaintiffs, who include Ed O’Bannon, a former UCLA basketball star, and other current and former