The NCAA on Friday began its appeal of U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken’s landmark decision in the Ed O'Bannon antitrust case, according to a report from USA Today Sports.
The college governing body argued that Wilken erred by not applying a 1984 Supreme Court ruling that has been used to preserve amateurism in college sports.
In her ruling, Wilken issued an injunction that will "enjoin the NCAA from enforcing any rules or bylaws that would prohibit its member schools and conferences from offering their FBS football or Division I basketball recruits a limited share of the revenues generated from the use of their names, images, and likenesses in addition to a full grant-in-aid.”
In its appeal, the NCAA estimated the cost of that injunction -- "roughly $30,000 each over four years" -- for FBS football players and D-1 men's basketball players.
A three-judge panel will hear the appeal, but the composition of that panel has not been identified. In addition, the NCAA said in its appeal that it's withholding part of its argument for a full-panel review from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals or the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the report.
The NCAA had filed its notice of appeal in August. The latest filing from the college governing body included the opening argument in that appeal. The deadline for the NCAA to respond is Jan. 21, and the NCAA has until Feb. 11 to file a reply.
The NCAA has requested oral arguments be scheduled for April or May. The court said procedural rule would afford the case "hearing or submission priority," the report says.