The U.S. Court of Appeals is determining as to whether or not school athletes deserve a piece of the billions of dollars universities benefit from basketball and football, despite increased pressure for universities to offer their athletes better benefits.
The NCAA asked the 9th Court of Appeals earlier this week to dump a ruling of offering student athletes some shared of revenue made for utilizing their likeness, names, and images.
In a court ruling last year, Oakland, California District Judge Claudia Wilken sided with a dozen former and current student athletes who threw an antitrust class action against the NCAA.
But in a court of appeals hearing early this week, two of the three judges in the 9th Circuit panel seemed open to the NCAA being in violation of antitrust laws.
Currently, Judge Jay Bybee indicated that contracts signed by the NCAA with TV network consist language of player’s images and names. This suggests that such rights are essential assets that could be fall victim to anti-competitive actions by the NCAA.