by Nancy Williams
Certain NCAA rules designed to ensure “amateur status” of student athletes may violate federal antitrust laws, according to a decision of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The ruling came in a case filed by Ed O’Bannon, a former All-American basketball player at UCLA. O’Bannon discovered that his name, likeness, and identity were being used in a college basketball video game without his having given permission or receiving compensation. He filed a lawsuit against the NCAA claiming that its rules barring compensation for student athletes amounted to an unlawful restraint of trade and thus violated antitrust laws.