Per the ESPN story linked above, there's another lawsuit heading to challenge the NCAA's current "salary cap" of scholarships and prohibition of almost any other sources of income.
The move comes on the heels of a similar, if less aggressive, claim filed earlier this month by a Seattle firm on behalf of former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston. In that suit, which does not include current players, the same defendants that Kessler's group is targeting were asked to pay damages for the difference in the value of an athletic scholarship and the full cost of attendance -- an amount equivalent to several thousand dollars annually. By contrast, the Kessler suit dispenses with the cost-of-attendance argument and does not ask for damages as a group. It simply states that no cap is legal in a free market, and asks the judge to issue an injunction against the NCAA ending the practice. It contends that NCAA member universities are acting as a "cartel" by fixing the prices paid for athletes, who presumably would receive offers well in excess of tuition, room, board and books if not restricted by NCAA rules.
Kessler is most famous for his work against leagues for players. He's
"a litigator with a history of victories against sports leagues reaching to the 1970s. Kessler helped bring free agency to the NFL, winning a key jury verdict for the NFL Players Association in 1992. He remains outside counsel to the NFLPA and the NBA's player union, has taken on Major League Baseball, and represented star athletes including Michael Jordan and Tom Brady. For municipal authorities, he forced the Raiders to honor their stadium lease and stay in Oakland."
Should be interesting to see where this goes...
I just read a column Drew Brees wrote for this morning's Washington Post. The column relates to the anti-trust case involving the NFL, which case is about to be heard by the Supreme Court. Brees is a bright guy, and the column reflects his intelligence. The case relates to competition, or lack thereof, in the NFL's agreement to have single suppliers of equipment and the like. The case will have a profound impact on all professional sports in the US.