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NCAA Antitrust Bench Trial Over Athlete Pay Kicks Off

Law360, Oakland, Calif. (September 4, 2018, 8:54 PM EDT) -- A California federal bench trial over allegations that the National Collegiate Athletic Association prevents student-athletes from being paid beyond their scholarships kicked off Tuesday, with a sports economist testifying that the case isn’t complicated and that athletes’ pay is being illegally capped by a “monopolistic cartel” of 353 schools.

University of San Francisco professor Daniel Rascher said consumer demand for the sports would likely increase if the NCAA loosened its rules governing the benefits student-athletes are allowed to receive, which is what happened in other sports when pay rules were lifted.

For example, he said, demand for the Olympics increased after...

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June 13, 2014

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