The Evolution of Antitrust Laws Relating to College Athletics

NCAA rules for student-athletes are based on the assumption that the rules protect the amateur status for these students.  But the modern market for some college sports has evolved into a commercial enterprise involving millions of dollars, similar to a professional team.  Two recent cases, O’Bannon v. NCAA and Alston v. NCAA, affirm that the antitrust laws should adapt to cover the student-athlete market as a unique commercial area.

Babette E. Boliek  is Professor of Law at Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law.

Babette Boliek

Professor of Law

Pepperdine University

Antitrust & Consumer Protection

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