Federal judge rules against NCAA


A federal judge ruled in a landmark decision that collegiate football and basketball players can sell the rights to their names and likenesses, opening the way for college athletes to get some payouts from the booming U.S. college sports industry after their careers are over.

The judge ruled Friday in favor of former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and 19 others in a lawsuit that challenged the powerful NCAA’s regulation of athletics on antitrust grounds. Plaintiffs argued college sports’ amateurism rules are anti-competitive and allow the NCAA to operate as an illegal cartel.