walter byers

Court offers mixed ruling on NCAA pay for college athletes

by brianburlage October 1, 2015

On Wednesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that limiting compensation to the cost of attendance, in exchange for licensing of the players’ names and images, was sufficient under federal antitrust law.  Under this ruling, the N.C.A.A. will be allowed to prevent universities from compensating their athletes beyond the cost of attendance. As college sports continue to generate millions of dollars in revenue through broadcasting and merchandising, some parties have advocated for greater financial payoff for athletes.  However, as part of the ruling Wednesday, the 9th Circuit threw out a judge’s proposal from last year that […]

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John Oliver on the NCAA

by Phillip Witteveen March 25, 2015

In its most recent episode, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did some muckraking on the controversies of “amateur” student-athletics; as one of his rapid-fire segments, Oliver reported: “Fun fact: The very first executive director of the NCAA stated that he ‘crafted’ the term ‘student-athlete’ in the 1950s, explicitly to avoid worker’s comp for injured athletes. And 60 years later, that term is still working.” That “very first executive director” was Walter Byers, during whose long tenure (’51 – ’87), the NCAA became a multi-million dollar commercial enterprise (with, for example, 68.2 million on the table for televising the NCAA’s ’88 basketball season). In this way, Byers has had a far-reaching influence in […]

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