O'Bannon v. NCAA: Jim Delany admits Division III claim was bluff
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, who previously said that the Big Ten would rather give up athletics revenues and move to a "need-based financial aid system" like Division III programs use than pay players, now admits that Big Ten university administrators might not be on board with that (via USA Today's Steve Berkowitz):
In their filing Thursday, the plaintiffs' lawyers' wrote that in a deposition on May 29 Delany "noted that others within the Big Ten would disagree with his view." In an excerpt of the deposition also filed Thursday, Delany said that among Big Ten school presidents and chancellors "some probably would -- may be disagreeable" with Delany's statement about how the schools would respond if they had to share considerable revenue with athletes.
Delany made his admission in deposition testimony as part of O'Bannon v. NCAA, the antitrust suit brought by former players for damages due to the NCAA's use of player likenesses. The parties to that suit face a key class certification hearing on June 20. Delany's statement, and those of a handful of other administrators, were being used by the NCAA as proof that players would be worse off in a pay-for-play system.
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