NCAA loses O’Bannon lawsuit
College football and basketball players could be in line for paydays worth thousands of dollars once they leave school after a landmark ruling Friday that may change the way the NCAA does business.
A federal judge ruled that the NCAA can’t stop players from selling the rights to their names, images and likenesses, striking down NCAA regulations that prohibit them from getting anything other than scholarships and the cost of attendance at schools.
U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland, California, 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.
The injunction she issued allows players at big schools to have money generated by television contracts put into a trust fund to pay them when they leave.
In a partial victory for the NCAA, though, Wilken said the body that governs college athletics could set a cap on the money paid to athletes, as long as it allows at least $5,000 per athlete per year of competition. Individual schools could offer less money, she said, but only if they don’t unlawfully conspire among themselves to set those amounts.
That means FBS football players and Division I basketball players who are on rosters for four years could potentially get around $20,000 when they leave school. Wilken said she set the $5,000 annual threshold to balance the NCAA’s fears about huge payments to players.
KSU’s Tayala to compete in Canada
Kent State junior Matthias Tayala of McDonald will compete Sunday in the hammer throw at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Under-23 Championships in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.
Tayala, the 2014 NCAA hammer throw champion, finished fifth at the USATF Outdoor Championships earlier this summer with a throw of 70.21 meters (230 feet 4 inches).
Canfield kicker finishes in top 130
Canfield High School senior Bryan Kristan ranked 130th in field goals among the 500 competitors at the Kohl’s Kick National Invitational Camp.
Kristan ranked 170th in kickoffs.
He made one 55-yard field goal try and three 50-yard attempts.
Tennis tourney set in Chester
Entry deadline is Sunday for the Builders Wholesale Open Tennis Tournament that will be held over the next two weeks.
Participants will receive a t shirt paid. Twenty-five divisions are available.
The semifinals and finals are scheduled at Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort and Starvaggi Courts from Aug. 23-25.
To register, call Tommy Ogden at 304-670-7986.
Girard Boosters to meet Aug. 20
The Girard High School Athletic Boosters will meet on Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.
South Range passes available
Season passes for South Range athletics are available at the athletic department. For information, call Wayne Allegretto at 330-549-2163 ex. 39104.
Rules meetings set for volleyball officials
Two rules meetings have been set for Mahoning Valley volleyball officials.
Days, times and locations are: Sunday, 7 p.m. at Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium; and Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Crestview High School in New Waterford.