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NCAA Hit With Antitrust Suit Over Athlete Year-To-Play Rules

Law360, Chicago (November 15, 2016, 6:21 PM EST) -- A former Northwestern University basketball player hit the school and the National Collegiate Athletic Association with class allegations Monday that rules requiring college athletes to wait a year to play after transferring schools violate antitrust laws.

In his putative class action filed in Illinois federal court, Johnnie Vassar, whom the school had recruited as a point guard before the 2014 season, claims that NCAA rules barring athletes from playing certain sports immediately after transferring to another Division 1 school hampers the athletes’ ability to participate in the competitive market for their talents.

Vassar says he had accepted an offer to play...

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November 14, 2016

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