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Both Sides ‘Win’ in O’Bannon Case

The long-awaited appeals court decision in the O’Bannon case was supposed to determine whether college athletes should be compensated for use of their names and images. That is far from clear, but both sides won something. The N.C.A.A. doesn’t have to give more than the full cost of college attendance to athletes, but it does remain under scrutiny that it is not violating antitrust laws–it’s not enough to claim “amateurisn.”

The New York Times carries the story (link above), but so do the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed. More rulings on these subjects are yet to come.

Jane S. ShawJane S. Shaw retired as president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in 2015. Before joining the Pope Center in 2006, Shaw spent 22 years in ...


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