The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the NCAA cannot place limits on educated-related compensation for student athletes, opening an opportunity for college athletes to receive additional benefits.
“Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate,” Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote.
“And under ordinary principles of antitrust law, it is not evident why college sports should be any different. The NCAA is not above the law.”
The ruling opens many new potential doors for universities competing for top athletes.
Herbert Hovenkamp, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, said in The Hill, “We can anticipate there’ll be another case within the next year or two, in which some group of plaintiffs, or some big schools, want to go further and just open up the field to wide-open bidding of the type we’ve got in professional sports, where every school makes its own deals.”
“Even though the decision does not directly address name, image and likeness, the NCAA remains committed to supporting NIL benefits for student-athletes,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement.
“Additionally, we remain committed to working with Congress to chart a path forward, which is a point the Supreme Court expressly stated in its ruling.”
The NCAA will certainly change as a result of the ruling. However, only time will tell the full impact the court’s decision will have on the future of college sports.