NCAA Appeals O’Bannon Lawsuit Decision

The NCAA appealed a federal judge's injunction in the case involving former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, which prohibiting it from enforcing rules against student-athletes being paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses. The appeal was filed in the 9th Circuit court late Wednesday, and was not a great surprise to anyone following the case – the NCAA announced its intention to appeal after Wilken's ruling was released on Aug. 8.

"As previously stated, we will appeal the court's decision because we do not believe the NCAA has violated any antitrust laws," NCAA Chief Legal Officer Donald Remy said in a statement Wednesday. He said the NCAA continues "to evolve our rules and processes to better serve student-athletes."

Chief U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken's 99-page ruling on Aug. 8 took apart the NCAA's primary justifications for not paying college athletes, which included maintaining amateurism, competitive balance, and the integration of athletics and academics.

The injunction blocks the NCAA "from enforcing any rules or bylaws that would prohibit its member schools and conferences from offering their FBS [Football Bowl Subdivision] football or Division I basketball recruits a limited share of the revenues generated from the use of their names, images, and likenesses in addition to a full grant-in-aid." The order is set to take effect on Aug. 1, 2015, assuming that the NCAA's appeal fails.

Several cases against the NCAA and its licensing partners including EA Sports (who settled lawsuits related to its sports games earlier this year) has killed video game based on college level sports – at least for the time being.

Source: Courthouse News

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