Judge Claudia Wilken ruled earlier this month that the NCAA violated antitrust laws by restricting athletes' ability to be compensated for the use of their names and likeness. Because of an injunction, incoming freshmen for the 2016-17 school year will be the first class with the ability to be compensated.
Wilken also ruled that athletes who are compensated can receive no more than the gap between their grant-in-aid and the total cost of attendance, according to NBCSports.com.
The appeal was filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
"We are appealing the Court’s decision because we do not believe the NCAA has violated the antitrust laws," the NCAA's chief legal officer Donald Remy said in a statement. "In its decision, the Court acknowledged that changes to the rules that govern college athletics would be better achieved outside the courtroom, and the NCAA continues to believe that the Association and its members are best positioned to evolve its rules and processes to better serve student-athletes. The reform conversation began long before this lawsuit and the changes announced earlier this month are evidence of the NCAA continually working to improve the student-athlete experience."
- Chris Mascaro