NCAA Faces Antitrust Class Action Over Grant-In-Aid Cap

Law360, Los Angeles (March 5, 2014, 5:18 PM EST) -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association and five college football conferences were hit with a new putative antitrust class action Wednesday by a former college football player who claims they have conspired to keep scholarship values below the actual cost of attending school.

Shawne Alston, who played running back at West Virginia University from 2009 to 2013, alleges the defendants have violated federal antitrust laws by agreeing to cap the value of athletic scholarships — known as grants-in-aid — despite the fact that the NCAA's valuation of those scholarships is well below the actual cost of attending school. The five defendant conferences...

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