NCAA president Emmert to testify in O’Bannon antitrust lawsuit

NCAA president Mark Emmert will testify in the antitrust lawsuit filed by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon, which begins June 9 in Oakland, Calif.

Emmert was asked to testify along with former NCAA vice president Wally Renfro and NCAA Division I vice president David Bers, according to court filings this week.

The lawsuit took a new twist this week when O’Bannon and 19 other former athletes gave up their claim to individual monetary damages. An attorney for the plaintiffs said the move was made so the focus would be on the NCAA in the trial, and not on money sought by the former players. Michael Hausfeld said it simplifies the case by avoiding having a jury try to figure out which players were harmed and whether they should be compensated for that harm.

NCAA lawyers objected.

If the case goes forward without individual damage claims, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken would issue a trial verdict on the antitrust issues without a jury.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.