The NCAA's 'Death Penalty' Sanction - Reasonable Self-Governance or an Illegal Group Boycott in Disguise?
36 Pages Posted: 31 May 2014 Last revised: 24 Sep 2014
Date Written: 2014
This Article examines why the NCAA “death penalty,” although arguably benevolent in its intent, undermines the core principles of federal antitrust law. Part I of this Article discusses the history of college athletics, the NCAA, and the “death penalty” sanction. Part II provides an introduction to section 1 of the Sherman Act and its application to the conduct of both private trade associations and the NCAA. Part III explains why a future challenge to the NCAA “death penalty” could logically lead to a court’s conclusion that the “death penalty” violates section 1 of the Sherman Act. Finally, Part IV explains why Congress should not legislate a special antitrust exemption to insulate the NCAA “death penalty” from antitrust law’s jurisdiction.
Keywords: sports law, sports, antitrust, sports antitrust, NCAA, death penalty, group boycott, Sherman Act, National Collegiate Athletic Association, O'Bannon
JEL Classification: L83, I20, I28, J53, K1, K21, L40, L12, L40, L43, L44, L49, L5, L9
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