Remain seated: As the court opens each morning, the clerk loudly issues this order to the assembled crowd. The judge is in such a hurry to finish the trial that she won't waste even a minute on the customary "All rise!" proclamation as the judge enters the courtroom and another few seconds as everyone sits. Even before she has taken her seat, she orders the lawyers to start on the next witness.
SCORE: This has nothing to do with points on the field or on the court. It's an acronym for the Study of College Outcomes and Recent Experiences, an NCAA effort to gauge the experiences of college athletes. The study showed that 82 percent of more than 2,000 athletes who were surveyed were satisfied with their overall college experiences, and 69 percent were satisfied with their academic experiences. No one asked the NCAA official who described the survey whether O'Bannon and the others in his group were part of the survey.
Three-ring binder: Along the walls of the courtroom are more than 100 three-ring binders. These are not the three-ring binders you used in school. The rings are four inches in diameter, and each one weighs a couple of pounds. They contain the thousands of pages of documents that have been used in the trial. The amazing thing is how the paralegals for each side are able to go the right binder and find the relevant document in a matter of seconds. Their work is frequently more impressive than the lawyers' work.
$29.95: This is the price of a Jameis Winston "rookie card" on the Florida State website. The attorneys for the players used it as an example of the exploitation of college athletes' names, images and likenesses. They used another example on Tuesday, an action shot of Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan offered on the Stanford website for $120. None of the money goes to Winston or Hogan. It's exactly what O'Bannon was talking about when he filed his lawsuit. If the players win, then Winston, Hogan and other players would be able to negotiate for a share of the sale price.
Vacarro, Sonny: The most interesting guy at the trial who cannot testify. Vacarro is the legendary sports marketer who invented the idea of paying coaches and players to wear shoes and apparel. He signed Michael Jordan for Nike and changed everything. He was the centerpiece of the seminal Taylor Branch article in The Atlantic in October 2011 that featured his late-in-life efforts to reform the NCAA. He's the instigator of this lawsuit, and he expects the lawsuit to change everything. He has attended the trial every day. He has the best stories and ideas of anyone in the courtroom. He is certain, for example, that LeBron James will return to Cleveland to play with Kyrie Irving and the soon-to-be-drafted Jabari Parker to win a championship.
Saepissime Mendosus Sed Haud Dubitans: This ancient Latin legal maxim applies to many of the witnesses and the lawyers for the NCAA: "frequently wrong but never in doubt." Facing the increasing probability that they are totally wrong in their argument that the NCAA is legally justified in prohibiting payment to athletes, they display neither doubt nor concern. They pursue the same themes and repeat the same arguments even after the judge has indicated that she is no longer accepting what they say.