February 21st, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Oakland-based U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken will rule on the latest momentous challenge to the NCAA’s economic model: The Alston case. Schwarz is a Bay Area economist who has spent decades on college sports matters and, in fact, assisted the plaintiffs in the Alston case. “When the schools get together and commonly agree that no one will provide an athlete with more than X in compensation … that’s a form of price fixing,” he explained. “The NCAA’s argument,” Schwarz said, “is that, ‘We put on amateur football, as we define the word amateur, so of course we have to agree on a common definition of what the word amateur is. “‘We couldn’t even have college sports if we didn’t make this agreement. You call it price fixing; we call it standard-setting. It’s not anti-competitive. It’s pro-competitive, because we’re better off with a hobbled market than no market at all.”’ Wilken could rule fully in favor of the NCAA, fully in favor of the plaintiffs or find a compromise. And her ruling could well be appealed. -Jon Wilner, mercury news. Read More.

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