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The NCAA’s Amateurism Model Is on Trial: Everything You Need To Know

Dec 18, 2023

The NCAA’s business model of amateurism goes to trial on Monday in a labor court in Los Angeles.

The National Labor Relations Board’s local office will begin hearing a case that could ultimately reclassify Division I football and basketball players as university employees under federal labor law. The NCAA’s entire business model would then be deemed illegal, as athletes would be entitled to earn salaries, apply for a formal union, and receive access to all the benefits of employees under U.S. labor law, such as workers’ compensation.

The case was filed in February 2022 by the National College Players Association against USC, UCLA, the Pac-12, and the NCAA. However, UCLA has since been dropped over a jurisdiction issue.

Source: Front Office Sports

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