Editor’s note: In last week’s feature story, “The Waiting Game,” the Kaimin reported on how NCAA rules impact student-athletes. Two days after the story ran, a federal court made a landmark decision in a case involving the NCAA and student-athletes’ rights.
A Northern California District Court judge ruled March 8 that the NCAA can no longer put restrictions on education-related benefits student-athletes receive from schools. The former amateurism rule banned student-athletes from receiving salaries from colleges or signing sponsorship deals. The rule justified the claim that student-athletes should be treated like amateurs and receiving a free education is fair compensation.
Judge Claudia Wilkin found NCAA policies impacting Division I men’s and women’s basketball players, as well as Football Bowl Subdivision football players,