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NCAA, Athletes Draw Questions From Judge Over Pay for Play

  • Antitrust challenge to amateur model is before federal court
  • Debate is over where to draw line for allowable compensation
Oregon v Kansas

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A judge hearing a challenge to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s bar on pay for athletes asked tough questions of both sides as she weighs whether to send the dispute to trial.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken signaled at a hearing Tuesday in Oakland, California, that she hasn’t made up her mind up about a case that could fundamentally change college sports forever, opening the door for student athletes to be paid in an open market similar to professionals.