Black Antitrust Lawyers Support Student-Athletes in NCAA Case

April 2, 2021, 8:47 PM

The NCAA’s position in a pending U.S. Supreme Court case over student-athlete compensation “lacks pragmatism and permits fiction to trump reality, to the detriment of many talented Black athletes and their families,” African American antitrust lawyers told the justices in an amicus brief.

The March 31 remote argument didn’t take the issue of race head on, but it lurked in the background of the dispute that spotlights how disadvantaging top student-athletes in turn disadvantages Black people more broadly.

“As we all can see on the screen and otherwise know, Black athletes tend to be the majority in football and basketball,” ...

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