How the Supreme Court Changed College Sports Forever


Clay Travis

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Prior to 1984, the NCAA restricted the number of televised football games, therefore, committing an anti-trust violation. Once this restriction was lifted, money poured into college sports and set the stage for massive conference realignment. The case NCAA v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma will be used as the launching point for a discussion as to how college athletics has become a big business since.

The discussion also will include (i) how ESPN’s television contracts have driven up the value of college athletic events but have also caused tremendous legal conflicts, and (ii) the complexities of conference bylaws in the modern era as highlighted by the Big 12 bylaws and the legal obstacles and ethical issues presented by the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University moves to the Southeastern Conference. Time will also be used to discuss where college athletics goes from here, including what other dominos are sure to fall and the legal implications thereof.

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