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Hearings Have Concluded in the Pivotal USC Athlete Employment Case. What’s Next?

Apr 19, 2024

On Thursday in Los Angeles, in-person testimony concluded in the potentially landmark labor case concerning the employment status of USC football and basketball players.

The National Labor Relations Board case was first filed in February 2022 as an “unfair labor practice” charge against USC, the Pac-12, and the NCAA. The charge, brought by longtime college athlete advocate Ramogi Huma and his National College Players Association, alleges that USC, the Pac-12, and the NCAA are all joint employers of football and basketball players—and that they have been misclassifying these athletes as “amateurs.”

After four months of hearings, there will be a lengthy waiting period until judge Eleanor Law hands down a ruling. The record for the case doesn’t officially close until July 31; until then, parties have time to submit final written arguments. It could then take several months for a decision, extending the case into 2025. Then, whichever party loses will likely file an appeal to the national board.

Source: Front Office Sports

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