Myth and Reality: Trying to Make Sense of Conflicts between College Athletes and the College Sports Establishment

A small but aggressive movement against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (N.C.A.A.) and its Division I member universities has received two judicial body blows in the last four months. The recent decisions reveal a fierce and seemingly insurmountable disagreement around whether or not college athletes deserve to be paid. They also show how the conflict…

O’Bannon: The Game Has Changed

In 2009, former UCLA basketball star, Ed O’Bannon, filed a lawsuit on behalf of National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”)’s Division I football and men’s basketball players against the NCAA and Electronic Arts Sports (“EA”) in a California Federal District Court. He alleged that the use of his unlicensed image and likeness in an NCAA licensed…