University of Pittsburgh

Arthur Hellman Quoted in Wall Street Journal on NCAA Athletes’ Antitrust Suit

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August 14, 2014

A federal judge in California has ruled that the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s ban on paying college athletes for use of their likenesses violates federal antitrust law. The NCAA has announced that it will appeal the decision, but the appeal will be heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is not likely to be a favorable venue for an antitrust defendant, the Wall Street Journal reported. The Journal quoted University of Pittsburgh law professor Arthur Hellman, an expert on the federal courts, who said: “I’m sure the NCAA would rather be in some other circuit.” In several major antitrust cases, the Ninth Circuit has ruled in favor of the plaintiff, only to be reversed by the United States Supreme Court.

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