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Lawsuit Against NCAA Takes New Twist on Damages

In this photo taken Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev. O'Bannon is part of a lawsuit seeking revenue sharing for NCAA athletes. "There are millions and millions of dollars being made off the sweat and grind of the student athlete," O'Bannon said. "Student athletes see none of that other than their education." (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
In this photo taken Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon Jr. sits in his office in Henderson, Nev. O’Bannon is part of a lawsuit seeking revenue sharing for NCAA athletes. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Writer

An antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA took a new twist when former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon and 19 other former athletes gave up their claim to individual monetary damages, just weeks before the case is scheduled to go to trial.

An attorney for the plaintiffs said the move was made so the focus would be on the NCAA in the trial, and not on money sought by the former players. Michael Hausfeld said it simplifies the case by avoiding having a jury try to figure out which players were harmed and whether they should be compensated for that harm.

NCAA lawyers objected.

If the case goes forward without individual damage claims, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken would issue a trial verdict on the antitrust issues without a jury.

 

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