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O’Bannon v. NCAA: Amateurism on trial

In The News

Bill Isaacson

A federal court in Oakland, California, ended a three-week antitrust trial June 27 that could upend college sports.  Plaintiffs led by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon are seeking a ruling that the NCAA cannot prevent them from sharing in the proceeds from broadcasts and video games in which their names, images or likenesses are used. During a three-week trial, Bill Isaacson of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs, won significant attention for his effective and systematic cross-examinations of NCAA witnesses, including former CBS Sports President Neal Pilson, University of Texas Athletic Director Christine Plonsky and NCAA President Mark Emmert.

The New York Times, June 28, 2014
As O’Bannon Trial Ends, NCAA Portrays Itself as Benevolent Cartel, June 26, 2014
NCAA Supreme Court ruling felt at O'Bannon trial 30 years later

The New York Times, June 20, 2014
Amateurism and the NCAA

The Wall Street Journal, June 19, 2014
President Testifies for Five Hours

ESPN, June 17, 2014
NCAA's perfect plan fails

Sports Illustrated, June 17, 2014
NCAA Suffers Latest Blow with Revealing Emails Introduced as Evidence

The New York Times, June 13, 2014
30-Year-Old Decision Could Serve as Template for NCAA Antitrust Case

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 13, 2014
O’Bannon Trial: Former CBS President Backs Up NCAA

Related Lawyer: William A. Isaacson

Related Practices: Antitrust, Sports Law