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Lawsuit against NCAA takes new twist on damages

By Tim Dahlberg

An antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA took a new twist when former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon and 19 other former athletes gave up their claim to individual monetary damages, just weeks before the case is scheduled to go to trial.

An attorney for the plaintiffs said the move was made so the focus would be on the NCAA in the trial, and not on money sought by the former players. Michael Hausfeld said it simplifies the case by avoiding having a jury try to figure out which players were harmed and whether they should be compensated for that harm.

NCAA lawyers objected.

If the case goes forward without individual damage claims, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken would issue a trial verdict on the antitrust issues without a jury.

NCAA Nears Judgment Day

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madddddddddddddd May 15 2014 at 11:21 PM

this is gonna end college sports,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Ralph madddddddddddddd May 16 2014 at 9:49 AM

You wish!

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dadofoh49 May 16 2014 at 11:51 AM

America has turned into a Third Class Country because the focus is on Athletics and NOT Academics. A person coming out of high school with an A Average has less a chance getting a scholarship then someone that can Bounce, Hit or run with a ball.

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spikecogan dadofoh49 May 16 2014 at 12:29 PM

I would like to see a list, by university, comparing number of athletic scholarships vs academic scholarships.

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Wyboo51 May 16 2014 at 11:38 AM

say you can bounce a ball ,give um a scolarship, duh ra

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rich May 16 2014 at 10:26 AM

They should pay taxes on their scholarships and benefit packages.

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PELUCHECAQ rich May 16 2014 at 12:36 PM

as a college coach the school should the get the tv movie or product money. it should be given to the players. the ones who should pay the taxes are the schools that take the money and use athletes for recruiting and exposure.

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lov2elkhnt May 16 2014 at 10:12 AM

Lay into the NCAA. They are a white collar mob who rip off schools, donors, local, state, and fed govts, and media and advertisers. Self regulated into a monopoly. End it.

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ghhs58 May 16 2014 at 10:03 AM

What everyone seems to forget is that both the NCAA and Colleges have Licensing & Trademarks agreements. The name and image is protected by laws that judges will uphold. The antitrust suit is on shaky ground to say the least.
The only one being hurt here is the amateur college athlete shame on these lawyers.

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Jim May 16 2014 at 9:17 AM

1. It's because the players can only demonstrate that they didn't make what they think they are "worth" but cannot prove that they have been damaged.

2. Athletes, by and large, believe that they are the "game". I can argue that the people who put the games together, put the teams together, build the buildings, set the schedules, sell the tickets, arrange the TV contracts, develop the players, and put the names on the front of the uniforms are the primary generators of "asset values". The games will go on and have a value above and beyond any individual player.

3. I disagree with those who say sports are meaningless. You don't need to enjoy them, but you can't deny that sports is the primary driver in medical technological improvements.

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John Roberson May 15 2014 at 11:35 PM

lets get rid of all sports period. it is a waste of our time. All these so called athletes want is money and the media has been playing us for so many years, taking us away from developing our own skills and trying to deify these idols, who aren't worth it to begin with.

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mail4warding John Roberson May 16 2014 at 12:06 AM

first sane comment I've ever seen on Internet re: sports. Sports is the downfall of America. So much time spent on sports could be spent more productively in other pursuits.

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Ralph John Roberson May 16 2014 at 9:48 AM

You can say the same thing about the entertainment establishment. It's destructive in itself

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jwemrw Ralph May 16 2014 at 11:53 AM

Professional sports and NCAA Division I athletics are entertainment - in the purest sense.

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Steve May 15 2014 at 11:21 PM

Bye bye ncaa. They are amongst the greediest and crookedest organizations around, and they have essentially a monopoly on college athletics. Of course it was greed which got all the schools to sign on with them to begin with. Shame on all of them.

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Marcus E. Perry Steve May 16 2014 at 10:34 AM


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fulpruf May 16 2014 at 2:03 PM

I hope that this causes a number of high end academic universities to end all but intramural athletics and re-focus their enrgy and their resources on research and scholarship. The universities that want to provide semi-professional athletics are free to do so but the high end schools should just stop wasting resources at the intercollegiate level of competition.

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