College Athletes file Antitrust Lawsuit against NCAA & 5 Top Conferences

By on March 21, 2014

A plaintiff group of college football and basketball players filed an antitrust lawsuit in federal court in Trenton, New Jersey against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and five top conferences. 

The lawsuit characterizes the defendant organizations as a cartel which generates billions of dollars from television contracts and sponsorships along with ticket and merchandise sales. 

The plaintiff athletes seek unspecified money damages and to bar the NCAA, et al, from prohibiting colleges from competing financially for players.  The complaint asserts that the current “restrictions have no legitimate pro-competitive justification.”   

“This is yet another danger to the current model of current athletics,” said Gabe Feldman, director of the Sports Law program at Tulane University in New Orleans. “This becomes an instantly credible threat to the NCAA.” 

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