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New lawsuit accuses NCAA of capping value of athletic scholarship

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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, 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.

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12 Responses to “New lawsuit accuses NCAA of capping value of athletic scholarship”
  1. meatcarroll says: Mar 5, 2014 4:29 PM

    I hope he wins. People whining that they should be happy to get scholarships are too stupid to understand that the football team generates much more than enough to cover their cost of tuition. You think this corrupt racket would provide scholarships at all if they weren’t the ones on the better end of the deal? Open your eyes.

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 5, 2014 4:33 PM

    In my understanding, if you’re on a full scholarship, you don’t pay for tuition, you are provided room and board. You are also provided athletic gear (ie, sweats, shorts, shoes, etc)

    Now anything past that is discretionary spending… I think it will be hard to convince a judge or a jury that schools should cover a portion of your discretionary spending….

    Not that I disagree with him, but this is hard way to change the system in my estimation.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 5, 2014 4:34 PM

    ^^ And to be honest I believe they get a stipend as well to cover some discretionary spending.

    I guess I’d have to see the details of the case…

  4. jerseybornfloridaliving says: Mar 5, 2014 5:05 PM

    Hey can all the students not on scholarships go sue also with the like 20k+ in loans we had to take out each year that we have to payback? Not including books, meals, rent, supplies, clothing etc that these greedy players had covered? Love to know what the expenses were that he is suing for..

  5. sparky151 says: Mar 5, 2014 5:12 PM

    Since the terms of grants in aid aren’t negotiable, the NCAA may well lose this case. Various schools provide tuition which varies in value from school to school (Stanford vs Mississippi State frex), accommodations of varying quality, different training tables, books, stipends, etc. So it’s not as if the NCAA has standardized the value of being a college athlete.

  6. titansbro says: Mar 5, 2014 10:24 PM

    Greedy players? Lol. Be good enough at something to get an athletic scholarship & you’d be jumping to get in on this lawsuit too. NCAA is a racket plain & simple.

  7. normtide says: Mar 6, 2014 2:33 AM

    Look into the per football athlete spending at the AQ schools. Including, but not limited to : tuition, food, housing, travel, elite medical care, insurance, elite physical trainers, access to the best facilities in the nation, tutoring, equipment, gifts from bowls. That last isn’t all inclusive. Also account for the social advantages of being on the football/basketball team. Also the extra leeway from administrators, if and when needed. How much of the first list becomes taxable if they start being paid?

    I like a stipend idea. I agree these athletes more than deserve a little spending cash. It would also help alleviate the rouge booster threat.

    Ask yourself, which would you prefer for your child. That he work his way through college, graduate with fifteen years of heavy debt? Or they be taken advantage of like these athletes? I would love for mine to be “exploited” just like they are. So please, stop crying for them. The joke is on all the ordinary students.

    One question. Shouldn’t he be suing WVU? His agreement was with them, not the NCAA. Plus, the schools are the ones making the actual big bucks.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 6, 2014 10:38 AM

    Believe me I know that. I graduated with a ton of debt, in fact I’m back in school accruing more debt to help get a better job to pay off the first debt. My wife on the other hand was a collegiate swimmer and received a full ride. She graduated with $0 debt.

    She got first pick of classes, books for free, monthly stipend, and as much gear as she wanted.

    Instead of dumping all that athletic revenue into stadiums and practice facilities… why not start subsidizing tuition with all that income…? Instead, we’re upping tuition to help pay for new stadiums.

    I’m worried about when I have kids and they go to college…. gotta start working on that jump shot at like 3.

  9. thraiderskin says: Mar 6, 2014 10:45 AM

    So now they are complaining a scholarship isn’t worth enough? I thought the scholarships weren’t worth anything and thus schools needed to pay a unionized work force.

  10. normtide says: Mar 6, 2014 12:38 PM

    I agree 8to80. I would prefer helping the ordinary student over pampering the revenue athlete even more.

  11. wvufan82 says: Mar 6, 2014 5:36 PM

    Would someone please read the article. He is suing because he had to take out loans to pay for the rest of tuition because the NCAA capped how much he could be given for a “full-ride” If you want to look into greed look no further than these institutions whose rates keep going on going up even though more and more people are enrolling…

  12. musketmaniac says: Mar 8, 2014 5:08 PM

    Greedy players, these kids are held back in education. They have limits on classes, They have advisors giving them the whats good for the team, meaning physical education majors. Practice, film travel classes

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