In re NCAA Athletic Grant-in-Aid Cap Antitrust Litigation
The Focal Point’s Role
A class of student athletes alleged that the defendants (the National Collegiate Athletic Association and eleven of its member conferences), violated federal antitrust law by conspiring to impose an artificial ceiling on the scholarships and benefits that student-athletes may receive as payment. The Focal Point worked with trial counsel to develop demonstratives for experts addressing economic issues and NCAA conference rules.
The Focal Point’s Client
Pearson, Simon & Warshaw LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP
US District Court, Northern District of CA
U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken rejected the NCAA's arguments that all its compensation rules promote the demand for college sports and justify its antitrust violations.
"The court finds and concludes that the defendants agreed to and did restrain trade in the relevant market, and that the challenged limits on student-athlete compensation produced significant anticompetitive effects," the order says.