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College Athletes' Lawyer Sees Big Changes Coming to the NCAA


Jeff Kessler, partner and co-chair of the sports law group at Winston & Strawn, is currently representing college football and men's basketball players in an antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA and five college conferences. Kessler's clients are seeking an injunction against longstanding NCAA rules that prevent the compensation of student athletes. Asked how he sees the NCAA changing in coming years, Kessler predicts that the entire college athletics system will need to restructure in order to treat athletes more fairly. Kessler says that in the end it is possible for the NCAA to have a more attractive product, higher levels of competition and still present a "demonstrably fairer" arrangement for the players.