ESPN analyst: Supreme Court NCAA decision is the ‘opening of Pandora’s box’

ESPN NBA analyst Jay Williams discusses the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision removing caps on benefits for education-related expenses for student-athletes.
6:41 | 06/22/21

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Transcript for ESPN analyst: Supreme Court NCAA decision is the ‘opening of Pandora’s box’
Now to the major ruling from the Supreme Court involving NCAA and college athletes the justice is delivered a unanimous decision when it comes to the NCAA's limits on certain education related benefits for student athletes. So what could it mean for the future of college athletes getting paid in EC's senior national correspondent Terry Moran has the latest from the Supreme Court. At the Supreme Court today the NCAA got dumped by and nine to nothing vote the justices ruled that the NCAA cannot ban or limit education related payments to college athletes. It means players can now be compensated by school through things like. Postgraduate scholarships paid internships study abroad computers and musical instruments. Writing for the court justice Neel Gore's or deported that the basic inequity of collegiate sports. Those who run this enterprise profit in a different way than the student athletes whose activities they oversee. The numbers are staggering division one NCAA athletics generated ten point six billion dollars in revenue in 2019. The president of the NCAA earns nearly four million dollars per year. An annual salaries for top division one college football coach is approach eleven million dollars. Martin Jenkins who played cornerback for Clinton is one of the plaintiffs. We knew it was made him when he moves about time somebody some thing. Move they need a little bit lower the NCAA argued that athletes amateur status is a key part of the appeal of collegiate sports but just as Brett Gavin on not step down writing. All of the restaurants and a region cannot come together to cut cooks wages on the theory that customers prefer to eat food from low paid cooks. Kevin on himself a high school basketball coach declaring. The NCAA business model would be flatly illegal in almost any other industry in America the NCAA is not. Above the law. Terry Moran joins us military a lot of legal scholars and talking tonight an opera channels blistering indictment of the NCAA's business practices Kavanagh saying quote the NCAA is not above the law. Why is that significant going forward. Well. Living this case was limited to education related compensation at as a pointed out. But they're all kinds of other ways that athletes. Could get money endorsement deals using their name image and likeness did to make some money and obviously just colleges and universities outright paying them. This decision is so strong. That it undermines all of that he NCAA already set. To allow endorsement deals. But really all of their prohibitions on student athletes earning compensation for their work that he earns these colleges and universities billions of dollars. All that is now undermined and has really just a matter of time before the antitrust laws apply the colleges and universities as well and the student athletes. Will give companies. Right opening the door wide open Terry Moran our thanks to you. And here now to stop the broader implications of this case ESPN analyst and former duke in NBA player Jay Williams. Thank you grab me so this step right up Tommy feeling this is the right decision. You know I do like this is the opening parts of the final combination in a boxing analogy. This has been out on the long fight for me and a ton of other people in the past fifteen years my career. At ESPN edit your biggest opening of pandora's box and corporate cab come out pretty much established the press didn't. That this type of the sabre would not be accepted in any other precedent business. Pretty much acknowledges the back to the NCAA is not above the law that they are. Hurting my free labor perspective to their student leads. We're very long time so I think is the initiating process of the Supreme Court recognizing and unanimously. Stating that what is occurring is not. And as you just cited we saw injustice capital right that the NCAA is not above the law and that quote the bottom line is that the NCA a and its members are suppressing the pay of student athletes who collectively generate billions of dollars in revenue for colleges every year. So do you see this decision opening up the road for more challenges to the entire NCAA systematic and a players eventually being paid in some form. Yeah we already have this issue of current internally with the name image and likeness and to be frank review. The commissioner of the NCAA has been sitting on his hands as relates to allowing players to earn call her name image and what it's -- caught in the mail. So it but is it gonna present other issues and challenges yes but we all reverts it is heavily as business model. We as though it does its final out there that the participates you drive the revenue of the model cannot participate in the model. You don't hear it talk to our players how near union because they were to have the union viewers said they were employees. So I so that your tenant issues to address. But the one thing I know about winning when this Supreme Court is Dallas is this president. When he opened up that door it's a matter IP for older people start to push the envelope as a relates to big hearing. How we can properly compensate these earlier it's. And I just look piggy back off of that and we saw the NCAA in your response and they remain committed to working on the players benefiting from their name image and likeness. Which was not part of this particular case do you think the NCAA isn't Syria that or is it gonna take the courts or congress really Forsett action. Are these gonna be latter unfortunate I think that the business model has been in place for so long with instantly that it's been business as usual. It's yeah. I've been very fortunate in my life by and privileged my father worked at American Express. Her mother received two masked earned degrees an article principal ought to look high school. I've been a lot these conversations before it became the couch and I got lucky to go to dude put them out of revenue arsenal generated all my Jersey so clearly. Bloom it blew my mind. We bring you so understanding that I am part minority here because lot of hard breezed into how that type of education or awareness. And they are trying to achieve their ultimate goal of being a personal bass player but as a black American male. Easy at the highest grossing revenues are coming from the sports. Well all them basketball not a serious deeper complex issue because a lot of other sports or subsidize all these other sports it is you know. People of color it feels like you're put any situations and they can't monetize. And we can't talk about changing financial later years yeah the corporate. Well he student athletes it's extremely Bob percent and I'm glad to be bring these Supreme Court is forcing candidates don't relate to address these issues I don't. ESPN's Jay Williams with thank you so much for your time. Thank you.

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