Athlete advocacy group files DOJ complaint against NCAA

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An organization calling for college sports reform has filed a lawsuit with the US Department of Justice against the NCAA, accusing those involved in the governing body of violating antitrust laws by capping athlete compensation.

The NCPA is calling on the agency to pursue civil and criminal lawsuits against those who share responsibility for maintaining athlete compensation restrictions.

“NCAA sports is a predatory economic cartel that denies college athletes the freedom to use their gifts and talents to make money without restrictions. A freedom offered to other Americans,” the executive director said Friday. of the National College Players Association, Ramogi Huma.

Huma, a former UCLA football player, and NCPA led charge of college football and basketball players receive a share of the millions of dollars in revenue their sports have been generating for over a decade. The NCPA was part of a failed attempt to unionize football players at Northwestern. Huma has testified before Congress numerous times.

A complaint does not warrant an investigation by the department, but college sports and the NCAA remain under legal and political pressure to lift its ban on paying athletes.

“It’s another avenue to attack the NCAA,” Gabe Feldman, director of sports law at Tulane, said of the complaint to the DOJ.

Huma quoted last year 9-0 Supreme Court ruling against NCAA in the Alston case for initiating new lawsuits, including Judge Brett Kavanuagh’s scathing concurring opinion in which he wrote “there are serious questions about the ability of the NCAA’s remaining indemnification rules to pass “.

The NCAA has lifted its ban about athletes who made money for endorsement and sponsorship deals last year, allowing third parties to compensate them.

In the absence of detailed and uniform rules to regulate these name, image and likeness payments, college sports leaders have sought Congressional assistance in the form of federal legislation, but there have been little progress in Washington.

“There is no industry that so visibly, loudly and deliberately displays its antitrust violations as the NCAA and its member conferences and institutions,” Huma said.

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