The Supreme Court of the United States ruled on Monday morning in a case that should shape the future of collegiate athletics.
On Monday, SCOTUS ruled 9-0 against the NCAA, determining that college sports can no longer hide behind “amateurism” as a way to not further compensate student-athletes for their contributions.
“In a victory for college athletes, SCOTUS unanimously invalidates a portion of the NCAA’s “amateurism” rules. The court says the NCAA can no longer bar colleges from providing athletes with education-related benefits such as free laptops or paid post-graduate internships,” Supreme Court Blog tweeted.
“Justice Gorsuch delivered the opinion for a unanimous court. Justice Kavanaugh wrote separately to concur.”
Here is the opinion in NCAA v. Alston. Justice Gorsuch delivered the opinion for a unanimous court. Justice Kavanaugh wrote separately to concur. https://t.co/GKlC9G6Q6e
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) June 21, 2021
This is obviously massive news for the future of college sports. Better compensation is coming for college athletes.
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) June 21, 2021
Yeah you’re gonna have to pay them their money sooner or later (sooner) https://t.co/YBnIjYKbbA
— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) June 21, 2021
At a time when Americans are divided over everything, the Supreme Court unanimously strikes a blow against the NCAA's amateurism model. Says a lot.
— Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) June 21, 2021
The NCAA was always going to be lucky to escape all of this with just NIL legislation. It's becoming increasingly clear that won't be the case. https://t.co/fBLb51pCPp
— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) June 21, 2021
the NCAA has been allowed to get away with its scheme because we like college sports.
But If you invented something like the NCAA or amateurism today, in 2021? Everybody would say “hey, uhh, that’s very illegal.” Today, the Supreme Court unanimously agreed on that https://t.co/JHm5cnsyZo
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) June 21, 2021
"When it comes to college sports, there can be little doubt that the market realities have changed significantly since 1984. Since then, the NCAA has dramatically increased the amounts and kinds of benefits schools may provide to student-athletes."
— Gabe Feldman (@SportsLawGuy) June 21, 2021
NCAA doesn’t just lose, they lose 9-0. https://t.co/veKMlv9Q4W
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) June 21, 2021
“Colleges and universities across the country have leveraged sports to bring in revenue, attract attention, boost enrollment, and raise money from alumni. That profitable enterprise relies on “amateur” student athletes who compete under horizontal restraints that restrict how the schools may compensate them for their play. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) issues and enforces these rules, which restrict compensation for student-athletes in various ways. These rules depress compensation for at least some student-athletes below what a competitive market would yield,” the Supreme Court’s ruling reads.
The landscape of college sports is going to change pretty drastically in the coming years.