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Supreme Court denies NCAA request to halt expanded benefits

The debate over football this fall has players’ rights back into the spotlight, and today, the Supreme Court sided with student-athletes by denying a request by the NCAA to block a lower court ruling permitting colleges to give players expanded benefits.

This morning, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan struck down the NCAA’s request for a stay of an injunction that will end the association’s restrictions on education-related benefits college athletes can receive. In March 2019, a federal judge ruled that the NCAA’s caps on what schools can give student-athletes violate antitrust laws and issued an injunction to allow schools to provide unlimited education-related benefits to players. According to USA Today, those benefits, which will be determined on a conference-level basis, include:

  • Cash or cash-equivalent awards for meeting academic goals and/or graduating, under some constraints.
  • Paid internships after an athlete’s eligibility has ended.
  • Scholarships to complete undergraduate or graduate degrees at any school.
  • The cost of computers, science equipment, musical instruments or other items not included in schools’ cost-of-attendance calculations, but that are related to academics.

The NCAA has said it will still file its Supreme Court petition by mid-October, but the injunction is set to go into effect August 11.

[USA Today]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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