Per Keith Law, Andy Oliver has settled with the NCAA :
Andy Oliver, the former Oklahoma State Univ. pitcher who won a court decision earlier this year voiding the NCAA’s regulation prohibiting student athletes from having an attorney make direct contact with a pro sports team, has settled his case against the NCAA, two weeks before it was to go to a jury trial. “I can confirm there is a settlement and that it is confidential,” Oliver’s attorney, Rick Johnson, said late yesterday. He declined to comment further.
I’ve been forwarded the settlement agreement — or at least the notice of settlement which outlines the major terms — and basically the NCAA is giving Oliver $750,000, and the court is going to vacate the Feburay order in which it invalidated the NCAA’s no-representatives rule.
I think — and since I lose all my cases and never settle, I do not know for sure — that vacating that order allows the NCAA to reinstitute its no-reps rule. Which would probably be stupid on their part because it’s not like the groundwork hasn’t been laid for another plaintiff to come in and make the same case. But if the order is vacated, the order is vacated. The NCAA is rather stupid. My bet is that they learn absolutely nothing from this process.
As for Oliver: seeing this case through to the end probably could have done a lot of good in beating the crap out of the odious NCAA, but at the end of the day, $750,000 ain’t hay for a minor leaguer.