New lawsuit targets NCAA, 11 conferences over scholarships

Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, pressuring Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer during an NFL game last season, is the lead plantiff in a lawsuit against the NCAA and 11 conferences over limits to scholarships.
(Ann Heisenfelt / Associated Press)

A federal antitrust lawsuit filed Friday accused the NCAA and 11 conferences of fixing prices by capping the value of athletic scholarships.

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota is the latest in a surge of litigation targeting the NCAA. This is at least the fourth lawsuit this year related to the gap between scholarships and the actual cost of attendance.

The suit filed Friday is believed to be the first antitrust action against the NCAA to include a female plaintiff -- former Kennesaw State basketball player Ashley Holliday.

Also unlike previous lawsuits, it names all 10 Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. An 11th conference, the Atlantic Sun, is also named.


Sharrif Floyd, a former Florida football player whom the Minnesota Vikings selected in the first round of last year’s NFL draft, is the lead plaintiff.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages in addition to prohibiting the defendants from engaging in “anticompetitive” rules.

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