SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Athletic Director Chris Hill issued a statement following a ruling by a federal judge that the NCAA cannot stop college basketball and football players from selling the rights to their names and likenesses, leading to payouts once their careers are complete.

“It is certainly too early to say what this will mean to individual schools, and this will likely be a long process, therefore it is too early to speculate on the ramifications,” Hill said.

The Associated Press reported that in a landmark decision Friday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken sided with ex-UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon and 19 others in an antitrust lawsuit concerning the NCAA's regulation of college athletics.

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