Ivy League Antitrust Lawsuit

A lawsuit claims that even the Ivy League is not above antitrust laws. I’m Amy E. Feldman.

One of the things that sets the Ivy League apart from other collegiate conferences is its lack of powerhouse sports. I mean, yeah, academics, which they won’t cease to remind you, but all the schools in the Ivy League agree they won’t provide sports scholarships.  And that’s why a new lawsuit claims they are in violation of antitrust laws, laws that say that competitors can’t work together to set pricing and eliminate competition. 

The suit says that the policy, about which they conspire together, harms student athletes.  Now, just because it’s the way the Ivy League has always done it is not likely to be a winning argument given Justice Kavanaugh’s statement that “Nowhere else in America can businesses get away with agreeing not to pay their workers a fair market rate on the theory that their product is defined by not paying their workers a fair market rate.” This might be a lesson that the Ivy League will itself have to learn.

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