Jay Bilas, an ESPN college basketball analyst, isn’t shy to admit he profits from student-athletes — but he said that doesn’t make him ignore their exploitation by the NCAA and the universities they represent.
“When you are making money off of someone while at the same time restricting them from making money, you are by definition exploiting them,” Bilas said at a panel Wednesday.
Bilas sat on the panel with UNC Professor Barbara Osborne, Associate Director of Athletics Paul Pogge and lawyer Ken Hammer in the Blue Zone at Kenan Memorial Stadium.
UNC School of Law’s Sports and Entertainment Association and Campbell’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society hosted the event.
In August, a judge ruled in favor of former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon, in the federal anti-trust case of O’Bannon v. NCAA, prohibiting the NCAA from enforcing any rules that would disallow Division I football or men’s basketball teams from making money off their recruits’ image, likeness or name.