Court Shelves Injunction in O’Bannon Case, Delaying Prospect of Player Pay

A panel of federal judges has granted the NCAA’s request to stay an injunction that would have allowed colleges to pay some athletes up to $5,000 in deferred compensation, USA Today reports.

The court’s order was not based on the merits of the case, O’Bannon v. NCAA, which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is still considering. Judge Claudia Wilken of the U.S. District Court in Oakland, Calif., ruled last year that the NCAA’s limits on player compensation violated federal antitrust law. She issued an injunction, set to take effect on Saturday, allowing colleges to pay deferred compensation to football and men’s-basketball players.

In requesting the stay the NCAA said it, colleges, and students would be “irreparably harmed” if the injunction took effect.

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