How To Fix College Football's Legal Issues

Law360, New York (January 28, 2015, 10:01 AM EST) -- The first National Collegiate Athletic Association football playoff concluded recently with a win by Ohio State over Oregon. Early in the offseason, commentary regarding college football already is preoccupied with events in the courtroom instead of with play on the field. Among the cases currently pending against the NCAA are claims by players for compensation for use of their names and likenesses in licensing agreements and claims by players for compensation in excess of the traditional athletic scholarship.

Cases involving compensation claims by players generate considerable shrillness in the press and a surprising degree of opacity in the courthouse. In the...

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