NCAA under Siege
A look at some of the issues facing college sports:
Name, image, likeness: Two cases fall under this umbrella. Former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon's antitrust suit goes to trial Monday in Oakland. O'Bannon is seeking injunctive relief, not damages. Meanwhile, ex-Arizona State quarterback Sam Keller, who grew up in Danville, has filed a Right of Publicity suit that focuses on video games and has a March trial date. Here's a look at the three main components to these cases:
Compensation: Several lawsuits are aimed at forcing universities to compensate athletes for the full cost of attendance, which exceeds the dollar value of scholarships. The most revolutionary of the four, filed in New Jersey by attorney Jeffrey Kessler, wants to create a free market in which athletes would become salaried employees. The Kessler case will be heard by the same judge, Claudia Wilken, who is overseeing the O'Bannon and Keller cases.
Concussions: The NCAA is attempting to settle a series of class-action lawsuits relating to concussions. One potential outcome is the creation of a medical monitoring fund of at least $70 million, according to CBSSports.com.
Unionization: The union movement spurred by Northwestern football players is unlikely to be resolved soon -- public schools are excluded -- but has served to expedite NCAA reform, especially in regard to improved medical care for student athletes and post-career educational opportunities.
-- JON WILNER