Earlier this month, lawyers representing former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston said they were filing a lawsuit against the NCAA and the five power conferences for limiting financial aid to student-athletes.
Now others are joining the crusade.
Antitrust attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who is known for his work on behalf of the NFL's and NBA's player associations, filed another class-action suit Monday on behalf of college football and men's basketball players.
Similar to the suit filed by Alston, this one seeks an injunction against the NCAA and the five power conferences -- SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and ACC -- for limiting the amount of aid student-athletes can receive.
The suit accuses the NCAA and the five power conferences of “price fixing.”
Similarly, the Alston suit alleged the NCAA and the five power conferences colluded not to pay student-athletes the actual cost of attendance citing smaller Division I programs that couldn’t afford it.
Kessler calls it a “basic unfairness of the system.”
"The one thing people should recognize is how fundamentally unfair it is to look at a team in the NCAA Tournament, where the coach is making $5 million, the school is generating hundreds of millions," Kessler told USA Today. "Sponsors are cashing in, administrators are cashing in and the only group that is not receiving any benefit are these athletes – most of who will not graduate and most of who will never be a professional athlete. This is their one opportunity to be recognized and compensated."
Four players are involved in the suit -- Rutgers senior basketball player J.J. Moore, and three football players: Clemson junior defensive back Martin Jenkins, Cal senior offensive lineman Bill Tyndall, and UTEP tight end Kevin Perry. They are not seeking class-action damages, but are seeking individual damages.
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