Colleges: NCAA will appeal O’Bannon ruling, Emmert says

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NCAA president Mark Emmert said yesterday that the NCAA will appeal a ruling that opens the door for college athletes to receive some of the money they help generate in major sports.

In his first public comments since Friday’s ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken in Oakland, Calif., Emmert told ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulosthat the NCAA found a lot in the decision that was “admirable” and some parts they disagreed with so strongly that they could not let them go unchallenged in court.

“Yes, at least in part, we will,” Emmert said when asked whether the NCAA planned an appeal. “No one on our legal team or the college conferences’ legal teams think this is a violation of antitrust laws, and we need to get that settled in the courts.”

Wilken ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon, who brought a class-action antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA.

Donald Remy, the organization’s chief legal officer, had said repeatedly that if the NCAA lost, it would appeal the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if needed.

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