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NCAA president Mark Emmert to testify Thursday in O'Bannon trial

Mark Emmert will explain the NCAA's side of the case Thursday.
Mark Emmert will explain the NCAA's side of the case Thursday. (Getty Images)

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DANA POINT, Calif. -- NCAA president Mark Emmert said he expects to testify Thursday at the O'Bannon anti-trust trial.

Emmert made the remarks Monday night shortly after addressing a Collegiate Commissioners Association reception here at the Ritz-Carlton. The NCAA's CEO added that he has never been a witness on the stand. He was planning to leave early Tuesday to prepare for his appearance at the trial in Oakland, Calif.

Emmert's time on the stand could be one of the seminal moments in NCAA history. The association's CEO would be defending the collegiate model in one of the NCAA's biggest legal challenges in history.

The plaintiffs are attempting to prove the NCAA illegally caps players compensation in regards to their names, images and likeness.

The trial is in its second week. It is scheduled to last three weeks, unless the two sides agree to a settlement.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany -- also on the NCAA's witness list -- told he is open to testifying.

"I think I will but I don't know for sure," Delany said. "I'm prepared to do it, if asked."

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