Effective Date for NCAA Injunction Set by Judge

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – An injunction prohibiting the NCAA from enforcing rules prohibiting payments by schools to student-athletes for the use of their names, images, and likenesses will take effect on Aug. 1, 2015.
     Chief U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken clarified the effective date in an order Thursday at the request of attorneys for both the NCAA and the college players.
     Former UCLA star Ed O’Bannon led 20 student athletes in a 2009 class action against the governing body for college athletics for the right to a share in the television broadcast revenue for their names, images and likenesses.
     A two-week bench trial occurred in June, and Judge Wilken issued the injunction on Aug. 8, finding the NCAA’s rules “unreasonably restrain trade in the market for educational athletic opportunities for Division I colleges and universities.”
     NCAA attorneys filed a motion this week saying they believed the injunction should be limited only to prospective student athletes who enroll in college on or after July 1, 2016.
     In an order issued today, Wilken’s clarified her position, holding the injunction will apply to current and prospective student-athletes “for the 2016-17 season and beyond.”

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