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US: NCAA must pay $46 million in antitrust lawsuit

 |  July 14, 2015

A federal judge ordered the NCAA to pay nearly $46 million in attorneys’ fees and costs to lawyers for student-athletes including former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon in their class-action antitrust lawsuit against the organization.

The decision late Monday night by US Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins came nearly a year after US District Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland, California said the NCAA violated antitrust law by barring athletes from sharing in revenue from the use of their names and images in broadcasts and video games.

In awarding the athletes’ lawyers 90 percent of the $50.9 million they sought, Cousins rejected the NCAA insistence that any award not exceed $9.1 million, and its subsequent “middle ground” suggestion to cut the fee request in half.

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