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Alston v. NCAA: A Reckoning for the Big Business of College Sports

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With college athletics becoming a multi-billion-dollar industry, college sports administrators and coaches earning multi-million-dollar salaries, and football and basketball schedules largely dictated by major television networks, everything about these big-time sports was highly professionalized—except the athletes. For decades, when it came to college athletes, the NCAA sought to avoid condemnation under the Sherman Act, clinging to its definition of “amateurism” as a defense for a variety of anticompetitive restraints. But in Alston v. NCAA, the Supreme Court found that the NCAA’s “amateurism” model no longer matched reality and that the NCAA, like all other businesses, is subject to full scrutiny under the antitrust laws. This one-hour program, presented by lead Plaintiffs’ counsel in Alston, will focus on the evolution of the Sherman Act’s application to the NCAA and explore the implications of Alston on the future application of the Rule of Reason to the NCAA and other industry associations. 

Available in States

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas Self Study

Program Categories

  • Banking & Finance Law
  • Business Organizations & Contracts
  • Entertainment and the Arts
  • Federal Courts
  • Sports Law


  • Areas of Professional Practice : 1 Credit