How much value is placed on an athletic scholarship? Not enough, according to former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston. Alston is heading up a class-action lawsuit against the NCAA accusing the organization of capping the value of an athletic scholarship below the actual cost of attendance, which Alston believes is a violation of antitrust laws.
According to Jon Solomon of Al.com, the lawsuit filed in a San Francisco federal court targets the NCAA and each of the five power conferences. According to the report, the lawsuit seeks to prevent the NCAA and power conferences from maintaining the current limit on financial aid as currently defined. In addition, Alston seeks damages to compensate for the difference from the aid provided compared to the actual cost of attendance. According to the details of the lawsuit, Alston claims he had to take out a $5,500 loan to help cover the difference between his financial aid and the cost of attending West Virginia.
This is just another lawsuit for the NCAA to battle, as if they did not have enough on their plates already. The lawsuit is being organized by Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, which has previously engaged with the NCAA in cases related to concussions and is involved in other cases such as the Ed O’Bannon case. These are familiar foes for sure.
Alston and his legal team hope to include any football player who played in those conferences dating back to February 2010.