Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Judge Rules NCAA Athletes' Suit Over TV Money Can Move Forward

NCAA OFFICIALS CONTEMPLATE THEIR MOST RECENT WOES  (Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images AsiaPac)

A federal court judge Tuesday dismissed a motion by the Suits From Indianapolis (formerly Kansas) to o prevent football and men's basketball players from legally pursuing a cut of live broadcast revenues.  Obviously the ruling monkeys with our favorite ruling body’s archaic and monopolistic economic model. Imagine the NFL where the players get room and board and advanced degree they may or may not ever use) while the team owners and the league made billions...?

Judge Claudia Wilken issued her ruling Tuesday, rejecting the NCAA's motion that players in the antitrust suit led by former UCLA star Ed O'Bannon should be precluded from advancing their lawsuit on procedural grounds. The original suit was filed way back in 2009 and has been moving slowly through the court system.

The NCAA objects to the players amending their lawsuit last year to claim a share of all television game revenues, not just those from rebroadcasts.

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