(Anti)-trust the process: is the NCAA legally permitted to ban schools?
Money and power. The NCAA for years has had both but now may end up with neither.
The recent passing of California’s Fair Pay to Play Act has the potential to fundamentally change college sports forever. This ground-breaking legislation allows athletes from in-state schools to earn compensation through endorsements. Trying to prevent the floodgates from opening, the NCAA is firmly planting its foot down, demonstrating its unwillingness to move off the status quo. Instead, they are threatening to ban1 California schools from competition rather than allow athlete compensation to break through its walls.
Now, in a sign of support for the NCAA, prominent schools like Ohio State and Wisconsin are refusing to play California schools: “Who’s going to play (them)? We’re certainly not.”2 As other states contemplate similar legislation, and with the ban likely extending in response, one crucial question must be answered: Is the NCAA actually legally permitted to ban schools?
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