Supreme Court ruling can be a gift for college leaders, if they choose to accept it, Penn GSE expert says

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Karen Weaver, an expert in college athletics administration, is available for comment.

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"The court has handed universities a gift, if they choose to accept it. This ruling is a huge wake-up call for every level of higher education to embrace the 21st century and not treat athletes differently than any other student on campus.

"In that way, it opens a path for universities to leverage one of their greatest overlooked strengths — a lifelong educational relationship with their athlete populations. But if the college leaders who make up the NCAA continue to deny reality, I am sure the other student-athlete legal cases in the pipeline will benefit from this unanimous ruling by the Court." 

— ­Karen Weaver


  • Karen Weaver, a Penn GSE adjunct associate professor, is an expert on college sports as they intersect with higher education management, media, and policy.
  • A former Division I and Division III head coach and athletics administrator, Weaver examines college athletics from the perspectives of university presidents and trustees, athletic conference organization, higher education scholars, and sports finance.
  • Weaver teaches Penn GSE’s Certificate Collegiate Athletics for Senior Leaders program.

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