It looks like college athletes could start getting paid.
As reported on CNN, a unanimous Supreme Court announced today (June 21) that student-athletes could receive “education-related” payments. The article points out, “Justice Neil Gorsuch delivered the opinion of a unanimous court targeting the education-related benefits at issue in the case.” However, Justice Brett Kavanaugh said the NCAA is “essentially acting ‘above the law’ in how it treats athletes and questioned if more spending limits should fall.”
Kavanaugh continued, “Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate. And under ordinary principles of antitrust law, it is not evident why college sports should be any different. The NCAA is not above the law.”
It’s been decades since the Supreme Court even considered the issue, so this is groundbreaking. Students in the past expressed that they felt exploited. CNN notes the NCAA “argued that the spending caps at issue were necessary to preserve a distinction between amateur and pro sports.”
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