Supreme Court upholds payments to student-athletes, The U.S. Supreme Court on
Monday ruled against the NCAA in a long-running dispute over a cap on education-
related gifts and benefits that schools may provide student-athletes.
NCAA rules currently cap the amount of scholarship funds colleges can offer at the
cost of attending the college and do not allow students to be paid. The NCAA claims
that its rules are needed to keep college sports amateur instead of professional in nature.
However, former West Virginia football player Shawne Alston and other former athletes
claimed the rules violated federal antitrust law meant to encourage competition.
Supporters of the students pointed to the fact that college sports garner billions of
dollars from television contracts, tickets, and merchandise, and that athletes were
being prevented from making money with their talent.
Justice Neil Gorsuch delivered the opinion but in a concurring opinion, Justice Brett
Kavanaugh stated that the NCAA was acting ‘above the law’.
‘Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their
workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their
workers a fair market rate,’ Kavanaugh wrote. ‘And under ordinary principles of antitrust
it is not evident why college sports should be any different. The NCAA is not above
The students’ lawyer, Hagens Berman managing partner Steve Berman, in a statement
obtained by CNN said that the decision represented ‘the fair treatment college athletes
‘It is our hope that this victory in the battle for college athletes’ rights will carry on a
wave of justice uplifting further aspects of athlete compensation,’ Berman stated.