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NCAA Assures That No Athletes Will "Miss A Practice Or Game" If EA Settlement Is Approved

These next few weeks promise to be a trying time for the NCAA. The Ed O'Bannon case is set to begin in U.S. District Court on Monday, and details about EA's payouts to current and former college athletes have come out in the last few days. Named plaintiffs are receiving between $2,500 - $15,000, while others payments will depend on how many athletes file claims.

As is customary with any story about college athletes receiving money, there were some concerns that if current college athletes collected on their claims, that they would be deemed ineligible. The NCAA, in a statement that seems to misunderstand that making those players ineligible is something very much in line with what the NCAA always does, says that is not the case.

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It seems like semantics for the NCAA to not acknowledge that players are essentially receiving money for their athletic gifts, but that's neither here nor there, it is good that this is moving forward. Of course, the NCAA railing against someone else making money off of athletes (in this case, lawyers) is hilarious and hypocritical, but what do you expect?

The O'Bannon case could be a major turning point in the history of the NCAA. The proceedings will certainly be of interest to everyone associated with college athletics.