In an unsurprising move, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (the NCAA) asked the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday to review Judge Wilken’s decision in the O’Bannon case.  The reader may recall that on August 8, U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken determined that the NCAA was violating antitrust laws by barring college athletes from receiving compensation based on their likenesses.  Judge Wilken subsequently issued an injunction against the NCAA’s no-compensation rule, which after some post-ruling wrangling is set to take effect on August 1, 2015.

The NCAA disagrees that it has violated federal antitrust laws:

“In its decision, the court acknowledged that changes to the rules that govern college athletics would be better achieved outside the courtroom, and the NCAA continues to believe that the association and its members are best positioned to evolve its rules and processes to better serve student-athletes,” [NCAA Chief Legal Officer Donald] Remy said.

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