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In an order from U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken, the court denied a motion to stay brought by the NCAA and the conferences, which would have halted discovery in these cases pending the outcome of the Supreme Court appeal in the NCAA Grant-in-Aid case. Hagens Berman’s managing partner, Steve Berman said, “We are pleased with the court’s decision as this will allow us to continue forward with discovery without a delay until later this spring.”

“The court finds that, while the Supreme Court's decision could affect the issues in [the cases] the balance of hardships between the parties weighs against granting a stay at this time,” Judge Wilken wrote.

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U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
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4:20-cv-03919
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The class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of current and former NCAA college-athletes accuses the NCAA, Pacific-12 Conference, the Big Ten Conference, the Big Twelve Conference, Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference of illegally limiting the compensation that Division I college athletes may receive for the use of their names, images, likenesses and athletic reputations.

The lawsuit says the NCAA and its member conferences violated federal antitrust laws in abiding by a particular subset of NCAA amateurism rules that prohibit college-athletes from receiving anything of value in exchange for the commercial use of their name and likeness. Attorneys say college-athletes should legally receive compensation, and that if it weren't for the NCAA's restrictions, third parties would openly compete for access to college-athletes names, images and likenesses in sponsorships, promotions, social media content, advertisements and more.

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In 2015 USC’s athletics department issued about a dozen sponsored messages each week across each of its official social media accounts. Revenue from those sponsored posts was approaching the mid-six-figures annually. In the 2017-18 academic year, sponsorship spending on college athletic departments, conferences, bowl games, and related properties totaled $1.24 billion. Universities also make lucrative deals with sponsors: UCLA recently signed a record-setting deal with Under Armor worth $280 million. In its multimillion and multibillion dollar deals with broadcasters, the NCAA and its members institutions reap tremendous financial rewards from using the NILs of college-students on television.  In 2016 the NCAA negotiated an eight-year extension of its multimedia contract for the broadcasting rights to March Madness, under which the NCAA will receive $1.1 billion per year.

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In an order from U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken, the court denied a motion to stay brought by the NCAA and the conferences, which would have halted discovery in these cases pending the outcome of the Supreme Court appeal in the NCAA Grant-in-Aid case. Hagens Berman’s managing partner, Steve Berman said, “We are pleased with the court’s decision as this will allow us to continue forward with discovery without a delay until later this spring.”

“The court finds that, while the Supreme Court's decision could affect the issues in [the cases] the balance of hardships between the parties weighs against granting a stay at this time,” Judge Wilken wrote

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Case Update

In an order from U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken, the court denied a motion to stay brought by the NCAA and the conferences, which would have halted discovery in these cases pending the outcome of the Supreme Court appeal in the NCAA Grant-in-Aid case. Hagens Berman’s managing partner, Steve Berman said, “We are pleased with the court’s decision as this will allow us to continue forward with discovery without a delay until later this spring.”

“The court finds that, while the Supreme Court's decision could affect the issues in [the cases] the balance of hardships between the parties weighs against granting a stay at this time,” Judge Wilken wrote

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