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The Coalition to Protect and Improve the Student-Athlete Experience responds to 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in O’Bannon Case

31 conferences unite in one statement

September 30, 2015 – A coalition representing 31 of the largest conferences in college sports issued the following statement in reaction to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling concerning the effort to compensate football and men’s basketball players beyond the value of their scholarship:

 “We are pleased by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in the O’Bannon case to the extent that it reversed the trial court’s ruling with respect to deferred payments to student athletes in the amount of $5000. The ruling concerning cost of attendance reflects a change in NCAA rules previously implemented for this academic year, as the Court noted.

There are other elements of this decision we agree with and others that leave us disappointed. The best way to help students be successful in college and in life is by providing an education that also includes benefits for our students who play sports, such as scholarships, healthcare, insurance and in many cases, the full cost of attendance. 

It’s important to remember that we’re talking about students, not employees. Our goal is for our students to learn teamwork and leadership through sports, and then graduate and be successful. We will review the details of the decision carefully.”

The 31 conferences of the CCA that are members of the coalition are the America East, American, Atlantic 10, Atlantic Coast, Atlantic Sun, Big 12, Big East, Big Sky, Big South, Big Ten, Big West, Colonial Athletic Association, Conference USA, Horizon League, Metro Atlantic Athletic, Mid-American, Mid-Eastern Athletic, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Pac-12, Patriot League, Southeastern, Southern, Southland, Southwestern Athletic, Summit League, Sun Belt, West Coast and Western Athletic conferences. 

Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the Ninth Circuit's Ruling in O'Bannon v. NCAA

Washington, DC (Sept. 30, 2015) -"There will be various legal interpretations of today's decision by the Ninth Circuit. But we are pleased to see that a key element of the ruling aligns with the principle we emphasized in our amicus brief filed last year: Student-athletes are first and foremost students, and transforming them into paid professionals would harm the quality of their overall educational experience. We believe the decision fundamentally reaffirms the NCAA's interest in maintaining a tradition of amateurism among intercollegiate student-athletes.

There is a crucial distinction between providing the full cost of attendance and payments to student-athletes that are additional compensation for services rendered. That distinction is at the heart of this decision. The fact that NCAA member institutions already are allowed to offer athletic scholarships meeting the full cost of attendance is an example of how intercollegiate athletics continues to evolve in multiple ways. We look forward to being part of that process."