Brief of Amici Curiae Antitrust Law Professors in O'Bannon v. NCAA

25 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2014 Last revised: 22 Sep 2015

Thomas C. Arthur

Emory University School of Law

Amitai Aviram

University of Illinois College of Law

Edward D. Cavanagh

St. John's University - School of Law

Jorge L. Contreras

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Daniel A. Crane

University of Michigan Law School

Susan Beth Farmer

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law

Herbert J. Hovenkamp

University of Iowa - College of Law

Keith N. Hylton

Boston University - School of Law

Michael S. Jacobs

DePaul University - College of Law

Alan J. Meese

William & Mary Law School

Salil K. Mehra

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

William H. Page

University of Florida - Levin College of Law

Gary R. Roberts

Indiana Univ. Robert H. McKinney School of Law

D. Daniel Sokol

University of Florida - Levin College of Law; George Washington University Law School Competition Law Center

Alexander Volokh

Emory University School of Law

Date Written: November 21, 2014

Abstract

On November 21, 2014, 15 professors of antitrust law at leading U.S. universities submitted an amicus brief in the O'Bannon v. NCAA 9th Circuit appeal in support of the NCAA. They have an interest in the proper development of antitrust jurisprudence, and they agree that the court below misapplied the “less restrictive alternative” prong of the rule of reason inquiry for assessing the legality of restraints of trade under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1. They are concerned that the district court’s approach to the antitrust rule of reason, if affirmed, would grant undue authority to antitrust courts to regulate the details of organizational rules, and would also undermine the NCAA’s goal of amateurism in collegiate athletics, a goal that courts have recognized universally as valid and important — and in which the undersigned, as academics themselves, are deeply interested.

Keywords: NCAA, antitrust, rule of reason, sports

JEL Classification: K21, L41

Suggested Citation

Arthur, Thomas C. and Aviram, Amitai and Cavanagh, Edward D. and Contreras, Jorge L. and Crane, Daniel A. and Farmer, Susan Beth and Hovenkamp, Herbert J. and Hylton, Keith N. and Jacobs, Michael S. and Meese, Alan J. and Mehra, Salil K. and Page, William H. and Roberts, Gary R. and Sokol, D. Daniel and Volokh, Alexander, Brief of Amici Curiae Antitrust Law Professors in O'Bannon v. NCAA (November 21, 2014). University of Illinois College of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 15-24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2528881 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2528881

Thomas C. Arthur

Emory University School of Law ( email )

1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States
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Amitai Aviram

University of Illinois College of Law ( email )

504 E. Pennsylvania Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820
United States

Edward D. Cavanagh

St. John's University - School of Law ( email )

8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
United States

Jorge L. Contreras

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )

383 S. University Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States

Daniel A. Crane

University of Michigan Law School ( email )

625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
United States
734-615-2622 (Phone)

Susan Beth Farmer

Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law ( email )

Lewis Katz Building
University Park, PA 16802
United States
(814) 863-4616 (Phone)

Herbert J. Hovenkamp

University of Iowa - College of Law ( email )

407 Boyd Law Building
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States
319-335-9079 (Phone)

Keith N. Hylton

Boston University - School of Law ( email )

765 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
United States
617-353-8959 (Phone)
617-353-3077 (Fax)

Michael S. Jacobs

DePaul University - College of Law ( email )

25 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL Cook County 60604-2287
United States

Alan J. Meese

William & Mary Law School ( email )

South Henry Street
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
United States
757-221-1609 (Phone)
757-221-3261 (Fax)

Salil K. Mehra

Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law ( email )

1719 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States
215-204-7113 (Phone)
215-204-1185 (Fax)

William Hepburn Page

University of Florida - Levin College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States

Gary Raymond Roberts

Indiana Univ. Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States
317-274-2581 (Phone)
317-274-3955 (Fax)

D. Daniel Sokol (Contact Author)

University of Florida - Levin College of Law ( email )

Spessard L. Holland Law Center
P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States
(352) 273-0968 (Phone)
(352) 392-3005 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.ufl.edu/faculty/d-daniel-sokol

George Washington University Law School Competition Law Center ( email )

200 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Alexander (Sasha) Volokh

Emory University School of Law ( email )

1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States
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404-727-6820 (Fax)

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