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Daily Brews: Supreme Court rules in favor of student-athletes in education benefits case

The NCAA was dealt another blow by the courts on the path towards ending amateurism.

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The Supreme Court handed down a decision yesterday that could pave the path for student athletes to be compensated for the value they bring to colleges. In an unanimous 9-0 decision, the court ruled, “NCAA limits on the education-related benefits that colleges can offer athletes who play Division I basketball and football can’t be enforced.”

This means schools can now offer basketball and football players benefits such as computers, paid internships, study abroad opportunities and others related to education.

This doesn’t yet mean schools can straight up pay athletes, but in the court’s decision, the justices were clear they view the NCAA’s model as incongruous with current law, and it will undoubtedly open the organization up to more lawsuits in the near future.

For Michigan, in the short-term this means the school will be able to take advantage of its extensive alumni network to help secure players with careers after graduation, which adds to their recruiting pitch.

In the long-term, Michigan could leverage its demonstrated money cannon into balancing the playing field with the SEC and Ohio State’s of the world. Michigan football has already set up an NIL presentation to show visiting recruits, and having it actually be put in place will help greatly in recruiting.

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