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Judge rules against NCAA in antitrust case over use of athletes’ likenesses

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSFormer UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sat in his office in Henderson, Nev. in Sept. 2010.
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    Former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sat in his office in Henderson, Nev. in Sept. 2010.

A federal judge has ruled that the NCAA can’t stop college football and basketball players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way to athletes getting payouts once their college careers are over.

In a landmark decision issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the NCAA’s regulation of college athletics on antitrust grounds.

In a partial victory for the NCAA, though, Wilken said the NCAA could set a cap on the money paid to athletes, as long as it allows at least $5,000 a year for big school football and basketball players.

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