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 Points Client

Pearson, Simon & Warshaw LLP
Bruce Simon
Benjamin Shiftan

Winston & Strawn LLP
Jeffrey Kessler
Sean Meenan
Joseph Litman
Ben Gordon

Hagens Berman
Jeff Friedman


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.