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Supreme Court sides with student athletes in compensation case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court sided 9-0 with former college athletes in a compensation dispute with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Monday. With the ruling, the NCAA cannot limit education-related benefits to student athletes like paid internships.

“Overall, it’s a step in the right direction,” said Eli Winter. “It’s great that athletes are getting compensation in the future. It’s great for college sports as a whole, and it will open a lot of opportunities.”

The case doesn’t determine whether students can be paid salaries. At this time, student athletes are not getting paid for their efforts. They don’t receive any of the money that’s generated by merchandise, ticket sales, or TV contracts. However, beginning on Dec. 31. 2022, college athletes in the state of Michigan can make money off of their own name, image, likeness, and reputation.