Tag Archive | Division I

O’Bannon Update: NCAA and O’Bannon seek Supreme Court review

The fight over pay-for-play rules steamed ahead this month as the NCAA joined the O’Bannon plaintiffs’ request that the United States Supreme Court reconsider the ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, albeit for different reasons. In March, O’Bannon sought review of the part of the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that found the NCAA did […]

Hedging Coaching Staff Bonuses

As universities invest more and more money in college sports, it makes sense that their athletic departments explore creative ways to hedge these investments.  But in doing so, athletic departments should remember that a hedge is only as valuable as the risk it covers. Simply stated, a hedge is any investment that insures another investment.  […]

O’Bannon Opinion – A Mixed Message to the World of College Sports

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals entered a landmark decision in the O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association case on Wednesday, affirming the right of student-athletes to receive a full cost of attendance scholarship, but reversing a prior decision that allowed them to receive further compensation. At first look, it appeared that the decision was […]

O’Bannon Update: Plaintiff’s Arguments Against Stay of Injunction

The Plaintiffs in O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association case filed their opposition on Monday to the NCAA’s request to stay the injunction that on Saturday would allow schools to begin offering football and men’s basketball players as much as $5,000 per year to compensate them for use of their names, images, and likenesses.  On […]

O’Bannon v. NCAA: Practical Considerations for New Pay-for-Play Rules (Part Two)

As we discussed on the blog last month, Judge Wilken’s decision in O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, if upheld, will have a marked effect on collegiate athletics. As it stands, the NCAA is enjoined from setting a cap on athletic scholarships below the full cost of attendance for student-athletes and allows schools to compensate […]

Still Waiting. . .O’Bannon v. NCAA: How did we get here? (Part One)

It’s been ten months since U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken’s landmark decision in O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, where Judge Wilken found that NCAA rules that prohibited basketball and football players from receiving more than the value of a full grant-in-aid scholarship constituted an unreasonable restraint of trade.  The impact of the ruling is […]