Amateurism Goes on Trial, and Sonny Vaccaro Is Still on the Case

Amateurism on Trial, and Sonny Vacarro Was the Playmaker 1

Vicki Ellen Behringer

Ed O’Bannon, 
a former UCLA 
basketball star, is 
the lead plaintiff 
in a federal 
antitrust lawsuit 
that challenges 
the NCAA’s 
amateurism model.

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Vicki Ellen Behringer

Ed O’Bannon, 
a former UCLA 
basketball star, is 
the lead plaintiff 
in a federal 
antitrust lawsuit 
that challenges 
the NCAA’s 
amateurism model.

When Ed O’Bannon showed up in court here on Monday to testify in a federal antitrust case against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, one of the first people he hugged was Sonny Vaccaro.

Much of the attention in the case, which challenges the NCAA’s amateurism model, has been focused on Mr. O’Bannon, a former UCLA basketball star who sued the association over the commercial use of his image. But it is Mr. Vaccaro, a longtime shoe executive turned