The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the NCAA cannot enforce rules barring student-athletes from receiving education-related benefits. Schools can now decide to offer athletes benefits for things including tutoring, study abroad programs and graduate scholarships, the Associated Press reports.
The case only pertains to academic benefits, but the court’s unanimous decision is viewed as an indication that it would be receptive to a challenge to the NCAA’s ban on paying athletes.
Lawyers for college sports’ governing body argued that payments to students are a threat to amateurism in the NCAA. But former athletes in the Supreme Court case argued NCAA rules violate federal antitrust law designed to promote competition. Even before the ruling, the NCAA signaled willingness to changing its rules to allow athletes to profit from their names, sponsorships and appearances.
The Supreme Court ruling drew support from multiple professional athletics associations and the Biden administration.