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AAU, Associations File Supreme Court Amicus Brief on Antitrust and Athletics

AAU joined ACE and nine other higher education associations to file an amicus brief in NCAA v. Alston, asking the United States Supreme Court to overturn a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling finding that the NCAA’s eligibility rules regarding compensation of student-athletes violate federal antitrust law. The brief makes three key points: universities are not commercial, profit-seeking entities; judicial micromanagement is inconsistent with the educational mission that underlies athletics; and NCAA self-governance comports with principles of institutional self-governance that have long characterized American higher education

The Supreme Court will hear arguments March 31 and is expected to make a decision by July.

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