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The NCAA will face another legal challenge to it's current economic system, and this could be the most serious challenge since the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit. The NCAA will face another legal challenge to it's current economic system, and this could be the most serious challenge since the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit.
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The NCAA will face another legal challenge to it's current economic system, and this could be the most serious challenge since the Ed O'Bannon lawsuit. 

High profile labor and sports attorney Jeffrey Kessler filed an antitrust lawsuit in a New Jersey federal court on Monday against the NCAA and the five power conferences - SEC, Big Ten, ACC, Pac-12 and Big-12. According to USA Today, the suit seeks an injunction against the NCAA's rules limiting athlete's compensation, labeling it "price-fixing."

If successful, the lawsuit would allow players to be compensated beyond their athletic scholarships. 

"The main objective is to strike down permanently the restrictions that prevent athletes in Division I basketball and the top tier of college football from being fairly compensated for the billions of dollars in revenues that they help generate," Kessler told ESPN. "We're looking to change the system, that's the main goal."

The suit currently lists four current or recent NCAA athletes as plaintiffs: Clemson defensive back Martin Jenkins, Rutgers basketball player J.J. Moore, UTEP tight end Kevin Perry and Cal tight end Bill Tyndall. Jenkins is a senior while the other three plaintiffs are no longer eligible to play in the NCAA. Unlike the O'Bannon case, which sought class action damages, this case will seek individual damages for each of the plaintiffs. 

Kessler has an extensive history working with professional player unions including the NFL and NBA Players' Associations, and helped represent the NFLPA in the 1992 antitrust case in which NFL players were awarded free agency.

This case comes on the heels of a similar suit filed on behalf of former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston, which claims the NCAA "colludes" to cap the value of athletic scholarships. The NCAA is also the defendant in a suit seeking concussion damages, and is also arguing against a group of Northwestern football players seeking to form a recognized college student-athletes union. 

 

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