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NCAA files Supreme Court petition, opposes plaintiffs’ filing

“As with many cases before the U.S. Supreme Court for potential review, this matter simply concerns the proper interpretation of law. For different reasons, both the NCAA and Ed O’Bannon believe the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals used the wrong tests to analyze the NCAA rules. The NCAA asked the Supreme Court to hear the case to obtain unquestionable clarity on key issues of law affecting the NCAA and other similar organizations. In short, we are asking the Supreme Court to reaffirm its antitrust holding in the Board of Regents case, endorse the 9th Circuit’s affirmation of amateurism, and define the appropriate scope of the First Amendment. We believe the Supreme Court can conduct this review properly and dictate the appropriate tests by accepting the questions we have presented and rejecting those presented by O’Bannon.”  - Donald Remy, NCAA chief legal officer