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Baseball Coaches Launch Latest Antitrust Lawsuit Against The NCAA (Smart V NCAA)

Baseball Practice
Thursday, 26 January 2023 By John Eichlin, Anna Gooding, Joseph Nasca, Kailyn LaPorte

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is facing a new antitrust lawsuit filed not by student-athletes, but by their coaches. The plaintiffs filed a putative class action claiming they were harmed by an illegal wage-fixing agreement in the NCAA’s bylaw restricting Division I baseball programs to three paid baseball coaches and one “volunteer” coach.

This case highlights the trend of growing legal challenges to how the NCAA operates and increasing examination of anticompetitive effects in labor markets, hot on the heels of the FTC’s announcement of a proposed ban on virtually all employee non-competes.

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John Eichlin

John Eichlin

John is Counsel in Linklaters’ Global Antitrust & Foreign Investment practice. He regularly represents clients in high profile enforcement, litigation, and compliance matters across a range of antitrust and consumer protection law issues.

Anna Gooding

Anna Gooding

Anna is an associate in Linklaters’ Global Antitrust & Foreign Investment practice. She advises clients on antitrust/competition and regulatory issues related to cross-border transactions, with a particular focus on U.S. merger control and analysis and compliance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. Anna also advises clients in connection with national security reviews of foreign investments in U.S. businesses and represents domestic and international clients before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and other U.S. government authorities responsible for cross-border investment controls.

Joseph Nasca

Joseph Nasca

Joseph is a Law Clerk in Linklaters' Global Antitrust & Foreign Investment practice. He has experience in complex antitrust litigation and assists clients with various antitrust compliance issues.

Kailyn LaPorte

Kailyn LaPorte

Kailyn is a law clerk in Linklaters’ General Practice group. She works with multiple practice groups to provide excellent advice to clients. 

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