NCAA President Mark Emmert says a judge’s recent ruling in a federal antitrust lawsuit again reinforced that college athletes should be treated as students not employees.
Emmert spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday at U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of the men’s basketball Final Four, making his first public comments since last month’s decision in the so-called Alston case.
Judge Claudia Wilken ruled last month the NCAA did violate antitrust laws and cannot prohibit schools from providing more benefits to athletes as long as they are tethered to education. Plaintiffs had sought to have all NCAA rules capping compensation be struck down.
The NCAA is still appealing the ruling, in part, Emmert says, because the association does not believe courts should decide what qualifies as a benefit tethered to education.