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Big Ten And Ohio State To Review Implications Of NCAA Supreme Court Ruling

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Brynn Anderson

While the Supreme Court ruled Monday that the NCAA cannot limit student athletes' educational benefits, its affect on the Big Ten and Ohio State sports remains up in the air.

The Supreme Court decision potentially opens a handful of financial doors for college athletes. Educational benefits that are now possible include graduate school scholarships, paid internships and even computer equipment given to students. It would also include the possibility to remove limits on disability insurance, which allows students who suffer career-ending injuries to earn guaranteed income.

However, while the court ruled that the NCAA cannot limit educational benefits, the decision states that individual conferences can still do so.

The Big Ten wrote in a statement that the conference will be carefully reviewing the ruling's implications in how it relates to name, image and likeness, and that the conference "strongly supports NCAA NIL rules that protect student-athletes without putting them in the untenable position of risking their NCAA eligibility by exercising the rights soon to be afforded to them under state law."

Ohio State spokesperson Jerry Emig wrote in an email regarding yesterday's ruling that they will also be working with the Big Ten on reviewing the implications of the Supreme Court's decision.

In May, State Sen. Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) introduced a bill that would allow student-athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness. On June 16, the bill was passed in the Ohio Senate and awaits approval in the Ohio House.

Michael Lee joined WOSU in 2021, but was previously an intern at the station in 2018. He is a graduate from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism where he obtained his master's degree, and an alumnus of Ohio State University. Michael has previously worked as an intern at the Columbus Dispatch and most recently, the Chicago Sun-Times.