INDIANAPOLIS – 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 it has asked Northern California U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken to dismiss two suits filed in March.
Wilken ruled this summer against the NCAA in the Ed 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.
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The other was originally filed in Northern California, and ex-West Virginia running back Shawn Alston is the lead plaintiff.
Both suits could eliminate the NCAA’s ability to control the costs of scholarships, and the Alston suit seeks hundreds of millions in damages.
The NCAA contends Wilken’s ruling last month in the O’Bannon case also supported the right for schools to cap compensation.
Wilken’s ruling set a minimum cap at $5,000 per athlete per year.