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NCAA fumbles at Supreme Court

by Seth Johnson
Posted 8/11/20, 03:37 pm

Collegiate sports programs can’t pay student-athletes, but they can offer other perks such as buying them laptops or musical instruments. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan on Tuesday denied the NCAA’s emergency request to block colleges from giving athletes unlimited educational benefits. The NCAA plans to petition the court by October to review the case.

How did the lawsuit start? West Virginia University running back Shawne Alston sued the NCAA in 2014, arguing that denying students compensation violated antitrust law. In 2019, a federal judge ruled in favor of Alston, and an appeals court agreed earlier this year. Jeffrey Kessler, the lead attorney for Alston, said the change is inevitable: “Sooner or later the athletes will get these benefits and the world will move forward.”

Dig deeper: Read Sharon Dierberger’s report about the NCAA allowing student-athletes to profit from the use of their names and likenesses.

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Seth Johnson

Seth is a correspondent for WORLD. He is a World Journalism Institute graduate and a journalism student at Bob Jones University. Seth resides in Indianapolis, Ind.

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  • LS
    Posted: Tue, 08/11/2020 10:09 pm

    Um, we'll blame the AP, but the WVU player carrying the ball in this photo is Geno Smith, not Alston. Smith was the QB in 2010 and wore #12. Alston wore #34 that year,  per WVU roster. Signed, a Morgantown native

  • Web Editor
    Posted: Wed, 08/12/2020 06:58 am

    Thank you for pointing out the misidentification in the photo. We updated the photo to one of Alston from the same game. He apparently changed his jersey number to 20 at some point that season and wore that number the remainder of his career at West Virginia.

  • LS
    Posted: Wed, 08/12/2020 09:23 am

    Great! Yes, I did see Alston listed as 20 elsewhere, but went with the 2010 roster for reference. Was just so happy to see a Mountaineer featured, and I appreciate your making sure it is the right one!