Supreme Court wary of taking too much authority from NCAA over college athletes

By: | April 1, 2021

Supreme Court justices expressed concern with the NCAA’s limits on benefits for student athletes, but several said they worried that giving courts more authority to regulate those rules could undermine the essential amateur nature of college sports.

“How do we know we’re not destroying the game as it exists?” Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked during 90 minutes of oral argument by telephone conference call, just as the annual basketball ritual known as March Madness nears its finale.

The case did not directly involve the hot-button issue of whether student athletes should be paid. But the outcome could determine how much authority the NCAA will have in restricting such payments in the future, which student athletes say are long overdue.

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