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Jeff Kessler to Represent Unpaid College Athletes

High profile anti-trust lawyer Jeff Kessler, a man who according to Bloomberg “helped bring free agency to the NFL,” is now focusing on the “unpaid athletes who generate more than $16 billion in college sports television contracts.”

The young athletes will now be represented by Winston & Strawn LLP, who is starting a division which will focus on representing the “players, coaches and schools,” against what Kessler calls “The unbridled power and influence of college sports governing body.”

Bob Lanza, a former National Basketball Association Players’ union general counsel worked with Kessler, and is now a partner at O’Neill & Lanza’s professional sports advisory firm. He comments that the NCAA should “stand up and take notice that Jeff is involved.” He also mentions that no one else would be in a better position to start this project and that no one is as qualified. Ed O’Bannon, a former All-American basketball player that is suing the NCAA over the use of his image commercially, responded to the news as he said, “Wow! Jeff Kessler.” So it seems that a heavyweight champion is now taking up this cause.

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The NCAA doesn’t allow college athletes to be paid, and college athletes are taking steps to change what they consider unfair rules. And they now have a heavyweight advocating for them.

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