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Supreme Court Declines to hear case of O’Bannon v. NCAA

Published:  October 5, 2016

This week, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the 9th Circuit decision in the matter of O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”), which found that some of the NCAA’s rules regarding amateurism violated federal antitrust laws.  The 9th Circuit found that the NCAA rules at issue denied men’s basketball and football players the right to compensation for their likeness when the NCAA used their likeness for commercial purposes.  While the 9th Circuit’s decision remains good law in that jurisdiction, the Supreme Court’s declination to hear the case means that there will be no binding national precedent at this time. 

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