'National Collegiate Athletic Association V. Alston' and the Debate Over Student Athlete Compensation [June 21, 2021]   [open pdf - 710KB]

From the Document: "Against the backdrop of the national debate [hyperlink] on student athlete compensation, the Supreme Court issued its decision in 'National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Alston' [hyperlink] on June 21, 2021. In 'Alston,' the Court was asked to determine [hyperlink] whether the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA's) rules capping compensation for student athletes violate Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act (Sherman Act). The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Ninth Circuit) affirmed [hyperlink] a lower court decision that held that the NCAA's current rules read together were 'more restrictive than necessary' [hyperlink] under antitrust law. As a result, the Ninth Circuit held [hyperlink] that the NCAA could no longer limit education-related compensation or benefits for student athletes playing Division I football and basketball. In a unanimous decision [hyperlink], the Supreme Court affirmed the Ninth Circuit's decision. This Legal Sidebar discusses the background leading up to the Court's decision, the Court's reasoning, and the implications the decision may have on the overall debate surrounding student athlete compensation."

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