US court rules NCAA must pay $46 million in O'Bannon case

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nathanael Cousins has ruled the NCAA must pay more than $46 million in bills stemming from last year's Ed O'Bannon case.

In a 28-page ruling issued late Monday, Cousins wrote the organization was responsible for slightly more than $44.2 million in fees for O'Bannon's lawyers. He also ordered the NCAA to pay $1.5 million in costs and expenses. O'Bannon's side wanted about $50.8 million.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said the governing body would have no comment on the ruling in the Northern District of California.

Last August, Judge Claudia Wilken handed down a landmark decision against the NCAA by ruling in favor of O'Bannon. He had argued college athletes should be paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses.

Wilken's decision has been appealed.

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