NCAA Payments to Athletes Stayed: 3 Fallouts from Ruling

The historic Ed O'Bannon case provided NCAA member schools pay  football and basketball athletes deferred compensation for use of their likenesses and images. (Photo: NCAA)

The historic Ed O’Bannon case provided NCAA member schools pay football and basketball athletes deferred compensation for use of their likenesses and images. (Photo: NCAA)

NCAA payments to athletes attending member institution schools were stayed today by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court until a final decision on NCAA’s appeal of its historic defeat in the Ed O’Bannon case.

Here are 3 fallouts in staying the payments:

1. NCAA member schools avoid unprecedented administration of distributing payments.

NCAA member schools delay creating from scratch an institutional trust making deferred annual payments to football and basketball players of approximately $5,000 annually until each player finishes at each member school.

Each school would have been challenged to potentially either expand departments, create new ones, and address legal aspects of administration such as tax and related fiduciary responsibilities.

The NCAA would have been pressed to make revisions to its bylaws and give proper direction as to the administration.

2. NCAA member schools are faced with possibly having to reverse course.

The impact a newly created system being overturned or reversed in parts would have created new problems for schools and the NCAA.

Athletes who were paid would have potentially still felt entitled to funds designated for them. New lawsuits would have potentially popped up in and clogged the court system.

A legal nightmare would have ensued.

3. There are still other ancillary legal issues to sort out.

There is still the issue of Title IX the NCAA and its member institutions have to potentially address. There is also another historic case being waged against the NCAA on whether its member schools are colluding with each other to limit grant in aid scholarships to athletes to tuition, room, and board.

There is currently no timetable for an appeal ruling.

The possession arrow keeps the ball in the hands of the NCAA, for now.

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