The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear an expedited appeal of a legal challenge that could force major changes in how the National Collegiate Athletic Association conducts big-time college sports, USA Today reported. Both parties in the lawsuit that challenges NCAA rules governing whether players are compensated -- known familiarly as the O'Bannon case, after its lead plaintiff, the former basketball star Ed O'Bannon -- had sought to have the case heard on a schedule that would lead to a decision before an August 2015 permanent injunction takes effect.
That order would allow football and men's basketball players to receive scholarships valued at the full cost of attendance and some compensation linked to the use of their likenesses, which was at issue in the case.
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