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US: Judge rules sports case against NCAA may proceed

 |  January 30, 2013

A federal court judge has ruled that an antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA may proceed. The suit, lead by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon, is looking to receive compensation for NCAA players for the billions of dollars the Athletic Association has made through television coverage of football and basketball games. Judge Claudia Wilken has overruled the NCAA’s motion to prevent the lawsuit, saying that the players may pursue the funds. Some say that if the NCAA loses this case, the effects could be “beyond costly” – it has reportedly invested $20 million into the case for defense. Joining the defense is also the Collegiate Licensing Company, which controls the appearance of nearly every team’s logos on athletic merchandise.


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