The case in question, NCAA vs. Alston, originally began as a class-action lawsuit filed in 2014 alleging the NCAA’s restrictions on eligibility and compensation violate federal antitrust laws.
Last year, a district court judge ruled the NCAA could not limit benefits tied to education for Division I football and basketball players.
The decision allows payments for things like postgrad scholarships, tutoring, study abroad, internships, or limited cash awards for academic achievement.
The judge also ruled the NCAA could continue to restrict benefits unrelated to education, such as the outright payment of salaries. The NCAA later appealed the decision to the Supreme Court.
🤿 A deeper dive…
In a nutshell, this is an antitrust case about the legality of colleges agreeing to limit compensation to student-athletes through the NCAA. Federal antitrust law prohibits businesses from unreasonably restraining how they compete against each other.
The student-athletes, with the backing of the Justice Department, are arguing it is illegal for the NCAA and its member schools to cap benefits and compensation tied to education.
In a competitive landscape, they assert, schools would vie for recruits in the same way they contend for coaches, faculty, and staff. In those scenarios, schools can theoretically offer to pay any amount of salary along with any fringe benefits.
The NCAA is arguing that antitrust law allows it to impose certain limits on athlete compensation in order to preserve what it says is an essential distinction between college and professional sports – amateurism.
It claims having amateurs promotes competition for consumers by giving them a choice between college and professional sports, and without that distinction some college fans would lose interest.
The NCAA also said its eligibility rules should be subject to less stringent review for the separate reason that it isn’t a commercial entity, but rather an association created as part of its members’ broader educational mission.
🗣️ What Did The Court Say?
Justices on both sides of the aisle questioned whether amateurism is an essential part of the NCAA’s business model, pointing out athletes already receive some payment in the form of scholarships, stipends, and other benefits which haven’t affected TV ratings or ticket sales.
They also wondered what the “end game” would be for student-athletes, and expressed concerns about starting a slippery slope of incremental judicial rulings that could lead to college sports clearly being professional by anyone’s definition.
The Supreme Court’s decision is expected by late June.
Playing in the NCAA tournaments is going to be hard (unpaid) work this year
Authorities arrested a 38-year-old male suspect on assault and hate crime charges in the attack of a 65-year-old Asian woman in NYC on Monday. The incident was captured on surveillance video and drew widespread outrage.
The suspect, who is Black, had been convicted of stabbing his mother to death in the Bronx in 2002, and was released from prison on lifetime parole in 2019 after being denied twice before.
Policesaid he was living at a hotel that serves as a homeless shelter a few blocks from where the attack took place.
The Department of Defense awarded Microsoft a contract to supply the U.S. Army with augmented reality headsets based on the company’s HoloLens tech.
Microsoft will be filling an order for 120k AR headsets, worth up as much as $21.9B over the next ten years.
The company has been working closely with the Army since 2018 to test headsets that combine high-resolution night, thermal, and soldier-borne sensors into a heads-up display.
More: In February, the Army revealed a new version of its HUD that allows the operator of an armored vehicle to see through its walls.
🚫 Facebook & Trump
Facebook confirmed it removed a video of an interview between former President Donald Trump and his daughter-in-law Lara Trump in line with the platform’s indefinite suspension of the former president.
An email posted by Lara Trump – and later confirmed by Facebook – said “content posted on Facebook and Instagram in the voice of President Trump is not currently allowed on our platforms (including new posts with President Trump speaking).”
The 2020 Turing Award – often referred to as the ‘Nobel Prize in computing’ – was awarded to Dr. Alfred Aho and Dr. Jeffrey Ullman yesterday morning.
The two researchers helped develop and refine a crucial software development tool called the compiler.
A compiler effectively takes high-level software programs written by humans and converts them into low-level machine code computers can understand.
More: Recipients of the annual prize, named for British computing pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing, are selected by the Association for Computing Machinery and awarded a $1M cash prize courtesy of Google.
👶 Baby Talk… a young child accidentally tweeted gibberish from the official Twitter account of US Strategic Command – the agency in charge of America’s nuclear weapons – after the social media manager inadvertently left the account open and unattended.
⚡ Energizing Innovation… U.S. Department of Energy scientists released a new design for a more compact, stable, and economical fusion reactor following a push from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) to place fusion power on the grid by 2040.
🦗 What Happens In Vegas… using archived Nevada weather radar data, an ecologist at the University of Oklahoma discovered that, one night in July 2019, a staggering 45M grasshoppers – weighing a combined 33.3 tons – swarmed the city of Las Vegas, attracted by its intense artificial lighting.
🎸🇺🇸 R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.
Which of the following was NOT a famous 1970s rock band?
A) Boston B) Kansas C) Chicago D) New York
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