Officially, round two of O'Bannon vs. the NCAA will go down as a split decision.
In reality, it's a ruling that should have members of college sports' old guard puffing on victory cigars.
A federal appeals court dealt proponents of athletes' rights a significant blow Wednesday morning when it upheld the concept of amateurism in college athletics and ruled schools must only compensate scholarship athletes for the cost of attendance.
The three-judge panel backed federal judge Claudia Wilken's 2014 ruling that the NCAA "is not above antitrust laws" and has been "more restrictive than necessary to maintain its tradition of amateurism." However, the appeals court struck down Wilken's proposal that universities pay their athletes up to $5,000 apiece for the use of their names and likenesses.
Limiting the amount college athletes can be paid to the arbitrary figure of $5,000 was always a silly idea, but it's significant that the appeals court did not offer an alternative proposal forRead More »from Why the appeals court's split decision was really a victory for the NCAA