The days of unpaid college athletes are over, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court.
According to Fox News, the court “ruled in a unanimous decision Monday that the NCAA has illegally restricted education-based benefits that could be used as compensation to student athletes.”
“To the extent [the NCAA] means to propose a sort of judicially ordained immunity from the terms of the Sherman Act for its restraints of trade—that we should overlook its restrictions because they happen to fall at the intersection of higher education, sports, and money—we cannot agree,” said Justice Neil Gorsuch in the court’s opinion.
That doesn’t mean colleges lack the ability to restrict or forbid certain gifts. “Under the current decree, the NCAA is free to forbid in-kind benefits unrelated to a student’s actual education; nothing stops it from enforcing a ‘no Lamborghini’ rule,” said Justice Gorsuch.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh hinted that he might go even further to restrict colleges, but added that such matters were not presently before the high court.
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