December 17th, 2015 | by CollegeAD

The NCAA gained another victory in the Ed O’Bannon case on Wednesday when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the O’Bannon plaintiffs’ petition for a rehearing before a larger panel of judges. Earlier this fall, a three-judge panel upheld U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken’s decision that NCAA rules restricting payments to college athletes violate antitrust laws, but determined that players shouldn’t be paid up to $5,000 per year in deferred compensation for use of their names, images and likenesses. Lawyers for O’Bannon sought what’s called an en banc review with a larger group of Ninth Circuit judges to rehear portions of the case. But on Wednesday, the Ninth Circuit issued an order saying the three judges voted the same way they did on the initial appeal and no other judge requested a vote for a rehearing. Chief Judge Sidney Thomas voted to grant the petition for a rehearing, and Judges Jay Bybee and Gordon Quist voted to deny the petition. The decision could set the stage for either the NCAA, which opposed the rehearing, or the O’Bannon plaintiffs to petition the U.S. Supreme Court. They have 90 days to file with the Supreme Court by March 14. Both the NCAA and O’Bannon plaintiffs have previously indicated some interest in appealing to the Supreme Court. -Jon Solomon, CBS Sports, Read More


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