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O'Bannon Judge Rules For the Plaintiffs. Kind of.

A quick run down of the opinion.

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Jamie Squire

I'm no lawyer, so I'll leave the legalese stuff to those who are. SB Nation has a great write-up with some analysis over at the mothership, and promises to have some more stuff on it in the coming days. One thing to always keep in mind is that this ruling will be appealed multiple times before any real resolution comes out of it. The quick down and dirty I was able to get from the mothership article is this from Kevin Trahan:

  • If a school wants to offer its recruits $5,000 per year out of a trust fund, the NCAA can't stop them from doing that. However, the school has to pay all of its recruits the same amount, which is a big blow to middle-of-the-road schools, who could have potentially placed more value on players than the top schools, and thus saved up to offer those players more money.
  • Schools don't have to offer any money, as long as they at least offer scholarships at the cost of attendance.
  • Athletes still can't market themselves. Wilken wrote that those rules are pro-competitive.

The full ruling for you lawyer types can be found here and below:

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