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Pay for play? 9th Circuit hears arguments in Ed O’Bannon case




Forward Ed O' Bannon of the UCLA Bruins looks on during a game against the Oregon State Beavers. UCLA won the game, 86-67 on March 9, 1995.
Forward Ed O' Bannon of the UCLA Bruins looks on during a game against the Oregon State Beavers. UCLA won the game, 86-67 on March 9, 1995.
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The NCAA is continuing its battle to keep amateurism in college sports. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday on whether the NCAA should be allowed to prevent college athletes from earning money from their names, images, or likenesses.

The NCAA is challenging a ruling by a U.S. district judge that said the NCAA’s policies “unreasonably restrain trade” by preventing college athletes from earning money from things like TV broadcasts, advertisements, and video games. In her ruling last year, Judge Claudia Wilken ordered that some college athletes get deferred payments of $5,000 a year. The case was originally brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon.

Should college athletes get a slice of the action for the use of their name or image? What did the judge’s questions at Tuesday’s hearing show about the direction in which they might be leaning?

Guests:

Dan Levine, legal reporter for Reuters. He was at Tuesday’s 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hearing on the O’Bannon vs. NCAA case.