NCAA Falls 'Far Short' In Antitrust Trial Closings, Athletes Say

Law360 (November 20, 2018, 8:27 PM EST) -- NCAA athletes on Tuesday fired back at the association’s closing arguments in a landmark antitrust federal bench trial in California over NCAA rules that limit athlete compensation, arguing that the NCAA’s evidence falls “far short” of proving that its rules improve demand for college sports or help athletes integrate on campuses.

In a 27-page reply brief, the athletes argued that the NCAA’s closing arguments relied on speculative lay-witness testimony provided by six “handpicked and non-representative witnesses,” who based their opinions on untestable hearsay statements from anonymous college sports fans.

The athletes said the association also pointed to its own own bylaws and...

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