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NCAA trial at halftime: Game over

NCAA's arguments in favor of amateurism seem to be falling flat in federal court

Updated: June 18, 2014, 8:06 PM ET
By Tom Farrey | ESPN.com

The NCAA has been around so long, has so much cash, has so many friends in high places, has shaped the public mind so effectively about its need to exist, that it's hard to imagine it won't always exist. Then an unexpected moment of blinding clarity comes along that shakes the very foundation of that notion, and suggests the end is not just near -- that the end, actually, is here.

That moment presented itself last Thursday in the Oakland courtroom of U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken, ...

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