Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on the fierce debate over student-athlete compensation, with the justices unanimously affirming an injunction that struck down National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) restrictions on education-related compensation and benefits for student athletes in NCAA v. Alston, et al., No. 20-512 (June 21, 2021). The Court found the NCAA was not exempt from antitrust law and that the lower courts had applied the correct standard of scrutiny.
Notwithstanding the injunction, the NCAA may still impose certain compensation restrictions, and individual conferences and schools retain considerable leeway to enforce strict limits.
Our recent client alert details the ruling and provides tangible examples of the types of compensation the NCAA may and may not restrict following Alston.