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NCAA Athletes Can Pursue TV Money, Fed. Judge Rules

By Adam Ramirez on January 30, 2013 1:58 PM

A federal judge rejected a motion by the N.C.A.A. to preclude live broadcast revenues from a lawsuit by men's football and basketball players. The judge's ruling means college sports may end up owing a substantial sum of money if players win their class action lawsuit. Granted, that remains a big if at this stage.

U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken ruled Tuesday that the suit led by former U.C.L.A. basketball star Ed O'Bannon could proceed on its course as a class action suit and can be amended by the players to include live broadcast revenue.

The former and current NCAA athletes can now advance to the next round in a high-stakes battle that challenges the underpinnings of amateur sports and potentially puts billions of dollars of TV money on the line.

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