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NCAA’s Strongest Argument Might Be Cap Limit

Former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon

In this Sept. 18, 2010, file photo, former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)

The NCAA could soon find itself in the awkward position of arguing against capping compensation for future players, based on the ruling in the Ed O'Bannon case.

Several attorneys with antitrust or labor law experience told The Associated Press that the $5,000 annual limit for players was the weakest link in U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken's decision earlier this month.

They claim it may also be the strongest argument for the NCAA in its appeal.
 
When the decision was originally announced, the cap was seen as a partial victory for the NCAA.

But lawyers not involved in this case say Wilken's number could be seen as arbitrary, creating a potential opening to overturn the ruling.

The NCAA has until Wednesday to file its appeal.

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