Intro by Tim Devereux, Wagner Reese LLP
The hotly contested issue over the NCAA’s prohibition on paying student athletes landed in the U.S. Supreme Court with a significant percentage of the justices, from both the liberal and conservative sides of the bench, openly expressing skepticism over the current structure of college sports.
Court watchers believed the justices appeared to be seeking a consensus for a ruling supporting the athletes’ position which could potentially shift more power to the conferences and away from the NCAA.
"I'll say that, to pay no salaries to the workers who are making the schools billions of dollars on the theory that consumers want the schools to pay their workers nothing … that just seems entirely circular and even somewhat disturbing," Justice Brett Kavanaugh said during the arguments.
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