The NCAA filed a motion to dismiss a federal antitrust lawsuit by Oregon women’s basketball player Sedona Prince and Arizona State swimmer Grant House that seeks damages related to the use of their name, image and likeness.
In a 28-page filing in the North District of California on Friday, lawyers for the NCAA argue the lawsuits brought by Prince and House, which sought unspecified damages for television revenue and social media earnings, as well as a separate case filed by Tymir Oliver should be dismissed with prejudice because they “fail to state a claim against Defendants upon which relief may be granted” based on the rulings in the Alston and O’Bannon cases.
“They assert that potential future changes to NCAA rules relating to NIL require invalidation of all compensation limits, a claim expressly rejected by the Ninth Circuit in Alston,” write Beth A. Wilkinson, one of the NCAA’s lawyers.
The Prince lawsuit sought damages related to NIL as a class action that would cover athletes who played in any of the last four years and going forward. The NCAA contends the O’Bannon and Alston cases deemed limits to such compensation were legal.
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