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Why Athletes Have a Legal Edge Over the NCAA: Four Blunt Points

Utah players celebrate at the end of their NCAA college football game against Colorado, in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30, 2013.
Utah players celebrate at the end of their NCAA college football game against Colorado, in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30, 2013. Photograph by Rick Bowmer/AP Photo

This morning in a federal court in Oakland, Calif., the legal battle begins in earnest between the $16 billion-a-year college sports business and current and former athletes. The jocks want a piece of the dough.

A close look at the final pretrial filings by both sides reveals that the National Collegiate Athletic Association faces an uphill struggle. The athletes could still lose, of course, but by my reading their lawyers would have to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Four blunt points: