NCAA Files Notice of Appeal in O'Bannon Ruling

August 25, 2014

The National Collegiate Athletic Association filed a notice of appeal Thursday, repeating its stance that the association violated no antitrust laws when it prevented college athletes from profiting on the use of their names and likenesses. Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled against the NCAA in a class action filed by a former college basketball player named Ed O'Bannon. The ruling will allow institutions to pay athletes up to $5,000 above the full cost of attendance if they wish to do so. Those payments are capped at that amount per year, and would be held in a trust fund until the students have completed their athletic eligibility.

At the NCAA's request, Judge Claudia Wilken clarified earlier in the week that those benefits would not begin until the 2016-17 academic year.

"In its decision, the Court acknowledged that changes to the rules that govern college athletics would be better achieved outside the courtroom, and the NCAA continues to believe that the Association and its members are best positioned to evolve its rules and processes to better serve student-athletes," Donald Remy, the NCAA's chief legal officer, stated. "The reform conversation began long before this lawsuit and the changes announced earlier this month are evidence of the NCAA continually working to improve the student-athlete experience."

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