Attorneys React to NCAA Student-Athlete Pay Ruling


Joel Chefitz, commenting on a Ninth Circuit ruling that struck down the NCAA’s ban on paying student-athletes but said such payment need not exceed the cost of attending college, called the opinion “internally inconsistent” because it “acknowledges that amateurism is itself a legitimate procompetitive end for the NCAA to pursue … [but states] that amateurism rules need to serve a procompetitive goal other than amateurism.” Because of such inconsistency, Mr. Chefitz added, “the practical effect of the case will be limited.”