The Continuing Fight Over Paying Student-Athletes

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College athletics, like professional sports, have become a multi-billion dollar business. As the NCAA and its conferences sign lucrative media contracts, many have started to question the lack of compensation for college student-athletes. This has resulted in an outbreak of antitrust action against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). In O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, plaintiffs challenged the restrictions on student-athletes receiving compensation for the use of their names, images, and likenesses. Plaintiffs are a group of twenty current and former college student-athletes who played either Division I men’s basketball or football between 1956 and the present. They represent a certified class of all current and former student-athletes who “compete on, or competed on, an NCAA Division I . . . men’s basketball [or] . . . football team and whose images, likenesses and/or names may be, or have been, included . . . in game footage or in videogames licensed or sold by Defendants, their co-conspirators, or their licensees.” Named Plaintiff, Edward O’Bannon, was a student-athlete who played on the 1995 University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), national championship team. Continue reading

Daily Fantasy Sports Leagues: To Regulate or Not To Regulate

ffpicBy Tyler Quillin

Daily fantasy sports companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, have taken center stage in the past few weeks with a controversy surrounding potential impropriety in the form of insider trading. Adam Johnson, a Kentucky resident and DraftKings user, filed a class action lawsuit against DraftKings and FanDuel on October 8th in the United States District Court’s Southern District of New York alleging negligence, fraud, and a violation of consumer protection acts in New York, Kentucky, and Massachusetts.

Fantasy sports leagues are internet-based games that allow fans to “draft” players from a designated sports league to a team and apply a points system to the athletes’ performance in order to compete with other league members. Allowing increased opportunities to play throughout the week, season, and sporting world, daily fantasy sports leagues differ from traditional fantasy sports leagues because they begin and end on a single day. Continue reading