NCAA Expert Claims Athletes' 'Entitlement' Sparked Lawsuit

Law360, San Francisco (June 17, 2014, 7:21 PM EDT) -- An "entitlement attitude" motivated student-athletes to challenge the National Collegiate Athletic Association's ban on players receiving compensation for the licensing of their personas, a University of Texas athletics director testified on Tuesday for the NCAA in the players' class action trial claiming that ban violates antitrust laws.

Christine Plonsky, director of women's athletics at the University of Texas at Austin and a member of the NCAA President's Task Force on Commercialization, testified on Tuesday that during an email exchange regarding student-athletes' lawsuits against the NCAA, she said she was "stunned" by lead plaintiff Ed O'Bannon's lawsuit. She also argued that the...

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