INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA and 11 conferences that have played major college football in recent years have filed a motion to dismiss two antitrust lawsuits that accuse the association of illegally capping compensation to athletes.
The NCAA announced Thursday night that it has asked Northern California U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken to dismiss two suits that were filed in March. Wilken ruled this summer against the NCAA in the O'Bannon case that challenged rules prohibiting college athletes from being compensated for their names, images and likenesses
One of the suits the NCAA is seeking to dismiss was filed in New Jersey by attorney Jeffrey Kessler on behalf of four athletes, including former Clemson football player Martin Jenkins. The other was originally filed in Northern California and former West Virginia running back Shawn Alston is the lead plantiff.
Both could eliminate the NCAA's ability to control the costs of scholarships, and the Alston suit seeks hundreds of millions in damages.