NCAA barred from enforcing NIL rules after lawsuit with states of Tennessee, Virginia

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The NCAA is prohibited from enforcing rules prohibiting the use of name, image and likeness compensation to recruit players in Tennessee and Virginia.

U.S. District Judge Clifton Coker of the Eastern District of Tennessee issued his ruling Friday, saying Congress has been reluctant to grant immunity to the association in the past and the NCAA’s stance likely violates antitrust laws. said.

Each state’s attorney general filed an antitrust lawsuit several weeks ago.


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“Although the NCAA allows student-athletes to benefit from NILs, it does not show how the timing of student-athletes entering into such agreements subverts the goal of preserving amateurism,” the judge wrote. wrote.

“This is the beginning of a new order in college sports, but a fresh start was needed,” said Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Scumetti. Outkick’s “Hot Mike”. “What we’ve done in the past hasn’t worked, but this is what we needed to do to start the ball rolling in the next direction. … No matter what happens, we will ensure fair and clear rules for our student-athletes.” I’m going to keep fighting to make sure that they can enjoy the benefits of a sport that brings so much joy to everyone.”

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Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares added: “It makes sense that they would have more freedom in terms of their income.” “For too long, the NCAA has taken advantage of talented young athletes.”

The NCAA said the decision “further worsens an already chaotic college environment and further weakens protections for student-athletes from exploitation.”

“While the NCAA fully supports student-athletes making money off their name, image and likeness and is making changes to better benefit student-athletes, state laws and court opinions With an endless hodgepodge, it is clear that partnership with Congress is necessary to provide stability” for the future of all college athletes. ”

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The Tennessee case is one of at least six antitrust lawsuits the NCAA is defending as it seeks antitrust protection from Congress.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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