So far this year, it’s been a whirlwind for the NCAA with its players filing for grievances before the labor boards, pushing for a conference autonomy, litigation regarding the O’Bannon trial, and concussion issues.
Further litigation led to accusing NCAA and several member conferences of anti-trust violations for price fixing scholarship value under the attendance cost.
A united class action group featuring over a dozen players is utilizing market-backed arguments to claim that the NCAA and its affiliated conference members have illegally capped player scholarships under attendance costs.
Plaintiffs argue that it should be conferences to set scholarship values --- not the NCAA. An optimal scenario would be for conferences to compete with each other to bring in new recruits to their schools by eliminating restrictions on financial aid negotiations.
Pressure from the National Labor Relations as well as a suit over scholarships have prompted the NCAA and conferences to go for reforms before they’re legally asked to.