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.