NCAA plans to appeal Ed O'Bannon ruling

By Taylor Ellis ,

The NCAA announced Sunday it will appeal last week’s ruling on the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit, and on Monday asked U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken to clarify the effective date of the injunction she issued.

The NCAA is seeking clarification on Wilken’s injunction which has prompted colleges and universities to ask if the ruling affects benefits for student-athletes enrolled in college prior to July 1, 2016 according to USA Today.

Wilken’s ruling means that college athletes can share in the billions of dollars generated from broadcast and other media contracts. O’Bannon, a former UCLA star, said, "What we did is just a small amount of change. This is just the tip of the iceberg. I think that a lot of change is going to happen. This is just the beginning."

Wilken’s 99-page document created a set of rules by which athletes could cash in on those revenue streams. Players at every position will be paid equal shares from a trust fund after they leave college. The NCAA can cap that amount, but can’t prevent schools from offering at least $5,000 per athlete per year. Wilken also prohibited athletes from making money by endorsing products or services

Wilken established that student-athletes have group rights in products that display and exploit their names, images and likenesses according to ESPN.



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