The NCAA and the current and former college athletes suing the governing body are still awaiting a judge's decision on whether the long-simmering antitrust lawsuit should get class-action status. In the meantime, two developments in the case hint at both sides' strategies in a legal battle that could result in dramatic changes in the economics of big-time college sports.
On the players' side, six current college football players have joined the lawsuit, which claims players should be compensated for universities using their likenesses in video games and other products. Meanwhile, the NCAA is ending its deal with video game maker Electronic Arts Inc., the makers of "NCAA Football 2014." Some observers see that move as a sign the NCAA is planning ahead for class-action status being approved -- and billions of dollars in payouts to current and former student-athletes. Should student-athletes receive more than a full-ride scholarship? How strongly do you feel about the issue?
One for all or all for one?
It would make sense that a large number of athletes should constitute a class action. The counter-argument from Mark Emmert and the NCAA is that not all athletes would be eligible for the same monetary amount.
A slice of the pie?
The better and more popular the athletes, the more attractive a program is to media and marketers. So should the athletes be allowed to share in the bounty of a whopping $10 billion television deal?
Won't you stay a little while?
Whether Andrew Wiggins, who recently committed to Kansas, is another in a long line of "one-and-done" players remains to be seen, but would a college income give him pause?
Killing the game?
Kentucky fans experienced only one season with Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist before the talented duo left for the NBA. But they made the most of it, delivering a national championship.
"I think there's a level of exploitation of players that is embarrassing. But we haven't reached a point where the public is outraged," said Gary Roberts, dean of Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
"I hereby find ?"
If the judge rules with the NCAA, the status quo will prevail. But Roberts says a finding for the plaintiff -- something he doesn't see happening -- would have an "earth-shaking" impact on college sports as we know it.