A federal judge on Monday denied the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s motion to dismiss an antitrust class action over the use of student athletes’ images and likenesses, and a legal team for the athletes is celebrating getting the “green light” to delve into discovery.

“We think it’s a historic ruling because no one, to our knowledge, has ever been able to look at the financial records of the NCAA and all of its hundreds of member schools and conferences to total up the value of the merchandise they’re selling,” said Jon King, a partner in Hausfeld‘s San Francisco office and the players’ lead attorney.

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