Via America’s Lawyer: A huge victory for college athletes as the Supreme Court unanimously rules in favor of finally allowing them to profit off their name and likeness. Mike Papantonio and Farron Cousins discuss more.


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Mike Papantonio:             Finally tonight, some good news. The Supreme Court issued a ruling that could finally put an end to the era of unpaid student athletes. Farron Cousins joins me again to explain what’s happening. Lay this story out. This is a great, this is a great beginning going after the NCAA.

Farron Cousins:                  It, it really is and shocking decision, unanimous from the US Supreme Court, nine to zero, says no NCAA you cannot bar colleges from providing financial academic incentives to students. And that is a clear distinction.

Mike Papantonio:             Examples.

Farron Cousins:                  Right. Yeah, the, the one the NCAA chose to challenge was you can’t give a student athlete a laptop for their classes. Supreme Court says, nope, you actually can do that. This is not payment. This is something that is beneficial to the, the, I don’t want to say child, but to the young person’s education.

Mike Papantonio:             Right, right.

Farron Cousins:                  This is not something you have control over.

Mike Papantonio:             Left the door open though, to get athletes.

Farron Cousins:                  Yes. Believe it.

Mike Papantonio:             For getting beat around on.

Farron Cousins:                  They did. Believe it or not, Kavanaugh of all people in his concurring opinion, basically with a wink and a nod said, listen, if y’all want to challenge, uh, the rest of the NCAA, you’d probably find a friendly court up here.

Mike Papantonio:             Isn’t Kavanaugh the guy that’s supposed to be such a bad guy? I mean, who knows, you know.

Farron Cousins:                  Well, and the, the NCAA is meeting this week and we could see the entire, you know, concept of paying student athletes lifted in the near future and that’s what these, these kids deserve. They’re out there risking everything. Colleges use them as marketing tools, their images and everything. It’s time for these people to get paid for it.

Mike Papantonio:             I think it’s, I think it’s not far off.

Farron Cousins:                  Right.

Mike Papantonio:             Thank you for joining me.

Farron Cousins:                  Thank you.

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Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.