NCAA's Experts Defend Athlete Pay Restrictions At Trial
By Dorothy Atkins (September 6, 2018, 9:04 PM EDT) -- Two economists paid by the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Thursday defended rules restricting student-athlete pay in a California federal bench trial over allegations the NCAA's grant-in-aid caps violate antitrust laws, with one testifying that removing the rules would degrade amateur sports as a product.
University of Virginia economics professor Kenneth Elzinga testified in the landmark trial in Oakland that fans value amateurism, and that removing the NCAA's rules that limit the benefits players are allowed to receive would not provide viewers with a better product. He added that teams could always leave the NCAA if they wanted to pay athletes....
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