Friday, January 06, 2017
Ind. Decisions - "Are college athletes the same as prisoners? These judges seem to think so"
"These judges" referred to in this Washington Post headline to a column by Sally Jenkins are on the 7th Circuit. The case is Berger v. NCAA, decided Dec. 5, 2016 (ILB summary here). A few quotes from the column:
The case is called Berger v. NCAA, and in it, some former track runners from Penn contended that athletes put in enough work at universities to be entitled to minimum wage under the Fair Labor Standards Act. It’s one of a raft of cases seeking pay for college athletes, and it wouldn’t stand out except for the obnoxious grounds on which it has been summarily dismissed by a three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the NCAA’s home court. The majority opinion reasoned that college athletes have no more right to ask whether they might be employees than inmates laboring in jails. A plea for a rehearing en banc was rejected by the Seventh Circuit Wednesday night.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 6, 2017 10:06 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions