Supreme Court: No limits on education-related benefits to NCAA athletes

During an NCAA basketball game between USC and Ohio University, Tulsa, USC forward Bennie Boatwright (25) grabs the rebound against OU forward Brady Manek (35). December 15, 2018. The Supreme Court ruled on June 21, 2021 that colleges can’t ban athletes from receiving small education-related payouts. Photo by Shutterstock.

In a unanimous ruling today, the Supreme Court justices said the NCAA, the regulating body for college sports, can’t ban athletes from receiving small education-related payouts like scholarships for graduate schools, internships, and even computers. The court didn’t directly address the bigger issue of whether athletes can be paid for playing, but the decision could pave the way for that.

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