Aaliyah Edwards #3 of the UConn Huskies looks to pass against Emily Engstler #21 and Digna Strautmane #45 of the Syracuse Orange during the first half in the second round game of the 2021 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament
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Several Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical of justifications put forward by the NCAA on Wednesday to restrict education-related benefits for student athletes who are seeking broader compensation.

At the same time, however, the justices expressed concern about the future and distinctiveness of college sports if courts continue down the road of second-guessing the NCAA’s definition of amateurism that leads it to limit payments.

The case thrusts the justices into the center of a debate – for the first time since 1984 – that could reshape college athletics. They appeared to be searching for a line to draw that would balance reasonable educational benefits for students against the concerns of the NCAA that its survival depends upon its distinction from pro sports.