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NCAA Must Pay $46 Million Legal Fees in Ed O’Bannon Lawsuit

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association was ordered to pay $46 million in legal fees and expenses in the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit, which last year resulted in a ruling that the sports governing body was a multibillion-dollar cartel that cheats athletes.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins cited the “Game of Thrones” series in awarding the fees and costs to the attorneys who represented O’Bannon, the former UCLA basketball player who challenged the NCAA’s rule restricting athlete compensation in a 2009 lawsuit. A federal judge in August ruled that college sports’ governing body violates antitrust laws by limiting what schools can offer athletes.