A succinct, one-sentence order issued on July 31 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has deferred implementation of sweeping changes to the NCAA’s policy governing the compensation of student athletes. Those changes, outlined in an August 2014 injunction issued by a U.S. District Court in California, were scheduled to go into effect on August 1 of this year. The district court’s injunction would prohibit NCAA schools from agreeing to cap student athletes’ compensation for the licensing and use of players’ names, images and likenesses at less than each student athlete’s full cost of attendance, and would allow member schools to provide deferred compensation to student athletes for such licensing and use. The Ninth Circuit, which heard oral arguments on the NCAA’s appeal of the injunction in March of this year, indicated in its order that it was not “expressing a view as to either party’s likelihood of success on the merits,” but instead staying the injunction only “to preserve the status quo until this court’s mandate has issued.”