On August 8th, Judge Claudia Wilken published a very precise ruling on the matter of what intercollegiate associations can regulate as to funds athletes may receive. Her main focus ended up being on incidental expenses associated with student life; her ruling now permits student-athletes to generate compensable activity for those.
Her ruling is 99 pages, but is very well written, and worth reading:
Nowhere do the Judge or the parties extend this beyond NCAA, but it seems apparent this extension would be granted to future plaintiffs beyond the NCAA --this is a Federal Court ruling, after all.
And since one major topic of interest in JC Football is housing out-of-district student-athletes, I recommend we all understand what the O'Bannon case actually says.
I think this is especially important in how any changes in current practices will affect parity among contending teams. This should not end up being a reward for the elites and result in non-competitive conference football.