AAI’s Stutz Discusses NCAA Supreme Court Case with Wall Street Journal

AAI Vice President of Legal Advocacy Randy Stutz discussed AAI’s work in NCAA v. Alston in the Wall Street Journal’s March 30 article “Supreme Court’s NCAA Case Could Sweep Beyond Athletics.” The article covers the Supreme Court’s case examining NCAA limits on compensating college athletes which has implications for the sports world and the antitrust community.

From the article:

“This is an interesting case for a lot of reasons that have nothing to do with college athletics,” said Randy Stutz, a lawyer with the American Antitrust Institute, an organization that pushes for stronger antitrust enforcement…

…Mr. Stutz, of the American Antitrust Institute, which filed a brief supporting the students, said a ruling for the NCAA “risks endorsing the idea that competition can be prioritized in some markets over others.”

That proposition, he said, could undercut efforts by the government and private litigants to bring cases designed to protect employer competition for workers and wages, something U.S. antitrust enforcers have made more of a priority in recent years. It also could hamper antitrust claims in industries where dominant buyers control the marketplace, such as in agriculture, where farmers have complained about a lack of competition among agribusiness giants to purchase their products, Mr. Stutz said.