Lawsuit claims NCAA is an “unlawful cartel,” seeks damages for players


The National Collegiate Athletic Association and the five power conferences are facing a new lawsuit that could change how popular college sports are run.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court Monday, argues the NCAA and its five dominant conferences are an “unlawful cartel.”

As the Associated Press and CBS News report, in addition to the NCAA, the lawsuit specifically targets the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Pac-12, Big Ten and Big 12, arguing they all “illegally restricted the earning power of football and men’s basketball players while making billions off their labor.”

The suit seeks monetary damages for the four plaintiffs — Rutgers basketball player Johnathan “J.J.” Moore, Clemson football player Martin Jenkins, Texas-El Paso football player Kevin Perry and California football player William Tyndall. They players argue they should be given damages, based on the economic harm they say they suffered.

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