The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of the university athletes, who have not lost any of their salaries despite the enormous profits they now make.
Nine sages were invited to utter a very limited question: The benefits of the nature of education to these athletes (computers, scientific equipment, musical instruments …).
The National Association of College Athletes, the NCAA, which oversees college sports, unanimously ruled that the limits set in this area violated the no-confidence laws.
If the immediate purpose of this decision is short-lived, other solutions may follow suit, as the Supreme Court has recognized that the NCAA is not exempt from competing law, even if it has “social motives”, such as protection and amateur sports.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in a separate speech, acknowledged that the ruling was “an important and long-awaited amendment” and stressed that “other NCAA rules also raise important questions under the law of competition”.
The economy of the American college game is more than the financial weight of most of the professional leagues in the world, driven by the huge television broadcasting deals.
The judges recall in their decision that in 2016, the first divisions of college football and basketball earned $ 13.5 billion.
For their achievements, athletes will only benefit from the cost of their courses, sometimes with a performance bonus of 9,580 per year.
“Those who run this business get very different profits from it,” the court noted. The president of the NCAA earns $ 4 million a year, and he notes that Premier League football coaches earn nearly $ 11 million.
To correct what they consider to be injustice, eight states have enacted laws to compensate college athletes for using their name and image off the field.
The NCAA is scheduled to meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, July 1, before they take effect, and may announce reforms.
Several bills have also been introduced in Congress. One offers that 50% of the profits made by their discipline will be donated to athletes.
American university sports are very popular in the United States: tens of thousands of alumni are loyal to their former teachers and support their “Alma Matter” sports teams, the institution that made them higher education.