The Justices Donald Trump added to the bench have undoubtedly changed how the Supreme Court functions.
The Court issues major decisions in June.
And with the month almost up, what Justice Brett Kavanaugh had to say about this Supreme Court ruling left many stunned.
The Supreme Court has taken on a number of high-profile cases since Trump left office.
One such case is the National College Athletic Association v. Alston.
This case challenged a 115-year policy of amateurism in college sports.
For decades, many have argued that the NCAA is violating students’ rights with the limits they’ve placed on education-related compensation, especially regarding student athletes who the NCAA rakes in hundreds of millions off of each year.
And those people were right.
The Supreme Court handed down a unanimous, 9-0 decision, stating that the NCAA’s limits on education-related compensation violated federal antitrust laws.
The opinion, which was written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, stopped short of allowing any type of pay-for-play programs. Still, it did open up opportunities for schools to provide compensation for athletes, such as education-related materials and even financial rewards for academic performances.
But Justice Kavanaugh had even more to say on the topic in his concurring opinion, which blasted the NCAA for refusing to compensate student athletes.
“The NCAA is not above the law. The NCAA couches its arguments for not paying student athletes in innocuous labels. But the labels cannot disguise the reality: The NCAA’s business model would be flatly illegal in almost any other industry in America,” Kavanaugh wrote.
It looks like the days of unpaid student athletes could be behind us, but what that means for higher education and college sports is yet to be seen.
The recent ruling by the NCAA on allowing players to make money off their name and likeness also adds to the ever-changing environment of college sports.
By the sounds of Kavanaugh’s concurring opinion, the Court actually stopped just short of totally beating down the NCAA for not compensating student athletes.
The major political implications of this decision may not be evident to many. But with Democrats tied-at-hip relationships with labor unions they could be big.
Over the last several years already unions have ratcheted up their pressure for unionization of student athletes.
It is possible that if the NCAA doesn’t change its methods soon, they could be facing a ruling by the Supreme Court that could single-handedly change college sports completely.