By Ken Reed
On Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld an earlier court ruling stating that the NCAA rules limiting college athletes’ education-related benefits violate Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act.
The ruling adds to the growing body of legal and economics literature stating that the NCAA’s “amateurism” rules do not enjoy a special exemption from antitrust law.
Judge Milan Smith, a George W. Bush appointee, stated that the current NCAA amateur policy “deprives the young athletes in this case … of the fundamental protections that our antitrust laws were meant to provide them.”
Judge Smith went on to describe the NCAA as:
“a cartel of buyers acting in concert to artificially depress the price that sellers could otherwise receive for their services … our antitrust laws were originally meant to prohibit exactly this sort of distortion.”
When it comes to their amateurism rules, the NCAA will prove to be on the wrong side of history. They are fighting a losing battle. It’s time they chuck their archaic rules, dump their plantation mentality, and allow college athletes the same civil and economic rights as every other student on campus.
— Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans
- "How We Can Save Sports" author Ken Reed appears on Fox & Friends to explain how there's "too much adult in youth sports."
Ken Reed appears on Mornings with Gail from KFKA Radio in Colorado to discuss bad parenting in youth athletics.
“Should College Athletes Be Paid?” Ken Reed on The Morning Show from Wisconsin Public Radio
Ken Reed appears on KGNU Community Radio in Colorado (at 02:30) to discuss equality in sports and Title IX.
Ken Reed appears on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour (at 38:35) to discuss his book The Sports Reformers: Working to Make the World of Sports a Better Place, and to talk about some current sports issues.
- Ken Reed's Author Page on Amazon
Sports & Torts – Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans – at the American Museum of Tort Law
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