Tennessee and Virginia Attorneys General Seek Temporary Restraining Order
A lawsuit filed against the NCAA is seeking to challenge the association’s rules that restrict how athletes can commercially use their name, image, and likeness. The case alleges that these rules unfairly impede athletes during a critical period in the recruiting calendar.
Request for a Temporary Restraining Order
Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti and Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares have requested a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction from the court. These measures would prevent the NCAA from enforcing the rules during the ongoing lawsuit. The attorneys general are urging the court to issue these orders by Feb. 6.
The NCAA has expressed its opposition to the lawsuit, stating that it would further contribute to what its members have described as a “wild west” atmosphere. The association argues that the legal action could exacerbate competitive imbalances among schools and undermine protections for student-athletes against potential exploitation.
The NCAA emphasizes its commitment to protecting and expanding the rights and opportunities of student-athletes regarding their name, image, and likeness. However, it also highlights the importance of maintaining regulations that prohibit impermissible recruiting contacts, booster involvement in recruiting prospects, and the use of name, image, and likeness offers as inducements for recruitment.
University of Tennessee’s Response
The University of Tennessee has been vocal about the NCAA investigation and has criticized the association’s handling of the matter. Chancellor Donde Plowman wrote a letter to NCAA President Charlie Baker expressing dissatisfaction with the organization’s approach.
In the letter, Plowman emphasized that the NCAA should prioritize the best interests of students and their families. She criticized the vague and contradictory memos, emails, and guidance provided by the NCAA regarding name, image, and likeness. Plowman’s letter concluded that the NCAA was failing in its responsibilities.
The university’s athletic director, Danny White, expressed support for Plowman’s stance, affirming the institution’s commitment to upholding the rights of student-athletes and providing them with the necessary tools to succeed both academically and athletically.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.