NCAA releases statement after making Supreme Court appearance
If you were unaware, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments today from the NCAA’s attorneys and representatives fighting for athletes’ rights and Name, Image and Likeness.
The court is set to make a ruling on the case, referred to as National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Alston, on July, 1.
Following the oral arguments from both parties, the NCAA released the following statement:
“We are grateful to the Court for the opportunity to present our case. Today, we believe we demonstrated why, under antitrust laws, the NCAA should have ample latitude to ensure college sports are played by student-athletes and not paid professionals. As we argued, the lower court decision encourages judicial micromanagement, invites never-ending litigation as the NCAA seeks to improve the college athletic experience, and threatens the critical distinction between professional and college sports. We look forward to the Court’s decision.”
To no surprise, the NCAA is getting hammered following its appearance at the Supreme Court.
This is telling. The most conservative Supreme Court justices are hammering the NCAA lawyer.
— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) March 31, 2021
Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, and Samuel Alito are kinda smacking down the NCAA at the Supreme Court right now. I would just never be able to come back from something like this
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) March 31, 2021
The defense the NCAA thought it had…
What the Supreme Court heard in the NCAA's defense… pic.twitter.com/0npYEMpeIf
— Chantel Jennings (@ChantelJennings) March 31, 2021
Mark Emmert listening to oral arguments. pic.twitter.com/9zXtfbrte5
— Tom Mars (@TomMarsLaw) March 31, 2021
there has never been any defense of the NCAA’s model that doesn’t boil down to “look, this is the way it is right now, and we want to keep it that way,” but it’s still stunning that this appears to be the NCAA’s legal argument to the Supreme Court
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) March 31, 2021
NCAA lawyers heading into the Supreme Court pic.twitter.com/Ij9HkFrEMR
— Chris Rosenthall (@ChrisRosie22) March 31, 2021