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As expected, NCAA will appeal O’Bannon ruling

Mark Emmert

In news that will come as a surprise to none, the NCAA has issued a statement confirming it will appeal last week’s landmark court ruling in the O’Bannon lawsuit.

“We remain confident that the NCAA has not violated the antitrust laws and intend to appeal,” a statement from Donald Remy, NCAA chief legal officer says. “We will also be seeking clarity from the District Court on some details of its ruling.”

On Friday a federal judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in the antitrust lawsuit headed by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon. The court issued an injunction to prevent the NCAA “from enforcing any rules or bylaws that would prohibit its member schools and conferences from offering their FBS 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.”

Many seem to feel the NCAA may have lost the overall ruling but got away with a relatively light punishment that would not doom the organization and ruin it. The NCAA, though, is not ready to take its lumps and continue moving forward.

“It should be noted that the Court supported several of the NCAA’s positions, and we share a commitment to better support student-athletes,” Remy’s statement continues. “Further, the Court rejected the plaintiffs’ claims that the NCAA licensed student-athletes’ names, images and likenesses to EA Sports or anyone else. It also rejected the plaintiffs’ proposed model where athletes could directly market their names, images and likenesses while in college.”

So the O’Bannon lawsuit will continue, which was expected all along in the event the NCAA lost in the court.

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2 Responses to “As expected, NCAA will appeal O’Bannon ruling”
  1. eidolon21 says: Aug 10, 2014 12:46 PM

    NCAA = Joke
    Emmert = asshat

  2. mogogo1 says: Aug 10, 2014 2:13 PM

    The NCAA was in deep trouble the minute this went to trial and their hopes on appeal are near zero. It’s unbelievable they didn’t come up with some settlement to avoid losing in court.

    The specifics in this case were unwinnable–a guy had been out of school and off scholarship for a decade when he discovered the NCAA had profited from selling his likeness with no compensation, no ability to opt-out, and not even any advance notice of what they were doing. The NCAA’s stance is that once you accept a scholarship, they own all rights to you forever. It’s nuts they tried to use that defense the first time around and even crazier they’re going to make the same argument on appeal.

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