By: Brian J. Meli
I’ve been following the O’Bannon v. NCAA trial with great interest since it began. Not just because of its growing status as a landmark antitrust case, its roots in intellectual property, or its potential to dramatically shift the balance of power in college sports; but also because it was Ed O’Bannon’s championship UCLA team in the mid-nineties (specifically his pint-sized point guard Tyus Edny’s last minute, coast-to-coast game winning buzzer beater) that cemented my passion for the spring sporting ritual that is March Madness. Back then, who could imagine Ed O’Bannon would wind up being the lead plaintiff in a case that could alter the landscape of collegiate sports forever. And yet, that’s exactly where we are.